Breast Cancer Facts, 10/11

A chronic disease is one that can be managed such that a person’s life expectancy is not changed.

I was 38 when I was told that my life expectancy had just shrunk to 2-3 years.

Think about that, for just a second, rather than looking at another 40 to 50 years based on the longevity of the other members of my family, I was told 2-3 years.

That’s a life expectancy cut astonishingly short.

Stage IV is terminal, not chronic.

Today, my husband and I, along with another 150ish members of the MBC community as well as ally’s, will be marching, protesting and lobbying on Capitol Hill. We will cap off the day with a full reading of the play, IV. It will be a long day but we are fighting for something that is incredibly important to me. I’ll be posting about our experiences. Stay tuned!

8 thoughts on “Breast Cancer Facts, 10/11

  1. This is the only one of your facts that I have a tiny problem with. Of course, of course, of course, a chronic illness would be WAY better than what we have now. But, big pharma can’t sell drugs to dead people. They would like nothing better than to turn cancer into a chronic illness. That would give them a “captive audience” of patients that would take the drugs they sell for the rest of their lives (the longer, the better). I don’t want to give them that option as an objective. A CURE needs to be the objective, however difficult that is. I have a chronic illness (MS) and have never taken any MS drugs. The clinical trial results were just not convincing enough for me when I was diagnosed. I’m glad I was never part of that captive audience. I am a part of the BC captive audience with Ibrance. I hate it and I love it.

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