"Most importantly we need to teach others how to fund metastatic research so I can have more time to accomplish all I do everyday."
Before stage 4, metastatic breast cancer I was a busy mom to 2 young kids, a wife, a working pediatric nurse practitioner, a nursing professor, a Girl Scout troop leader, a moms club member, a dance mom and a dancer myself.
Since being diagnosed I am still all of those things. Time is shortened now, by doctor appointments, scans, fatigue and sometimes sadness, but I still have all the same things to accomplish and more.
I need to teach my children everything in the only years I have left.
I need to teach my students how to safely and caringly become nurses. I need to teach my patients how to care for themselves to prolong their own lives.
Most importantly we need to teach others how to fund metastatic research so I can have more time to accomplish all I do everyday.
My children, students, patients will thank you.
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“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.