"I wake up everyday and say to myself if I feel good enough to go out and do something I do it because tomorrow I may not be able to."
I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer 18 months ago, at 49 years old. As my oncologist said, I did everything right but I still ended up with stage 4 breast cancer out of the gate. Fortunately, targeted therapy is working for me and enables me to live a somewhat normal life.
Funding needs to go to research. We need research that develops targeted therapies for all the different types of breast cancer out there and enables MBC patients to live longer.
There are so many of us working so hard to be “thrivers”. We have had a crash course in living in the present. Time is our most special gift. I wake up everyday and say to myself if I feel good enough to go out and do something I do it because tomorrow I may not be able to.
- 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.