"My first question: am I going to die?"
In June 2015, I was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in my breast and liver.
My first question: am I going to die? But I was too busy with treatment to worry about that. 6 rounds of chemo, a liver ablation, and double mastectomy later I was NED and back at work. Fast forward to now – life is awesome and every 90 days I get scanned. My friends and family bring joy to my life. 🙂 Every day I have joy! It is weird to say cancer gave me joy, but it gave me a better connection to a lot of friends and family.
I want to see MBC have a voice. Not many people understand it. They think I look great and I’m not sick, so they wonder, “How do I have cancer?”
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- New York
- New Jersey
“Mr. Marcus, you have kidney, lung, and brain cancer. Stage 4. We are going to monitor you for the next 24 hours but there is not much we can do for you here. You need to go home and start making arrangements. At most, you have two years to live.”
I had a red circle on the right side of my breast, and I had lost twenty pounds despite the fact that I was not on a diet. When I went to the doctor their tests couldn’t find anything wrong, so I told them to check out this red spot.
My husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC). He had a total left nephrectomy on our 35th wedding Anniversary on Sept. 10, 2012. At that time there was no treatment that was available.