Did you know!?

The beautiful Adiba Barney, who made the lovely graphics I’ve been sharing all month, is also living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and she just published a book!! I highly recommend learning more about her experiences with MBC and taking the worst thing that has happened to her and turning it into purpose. Her … Continue reading Did you know!?

Looking back on BCAM and #LightUpMBC

On October 13, 2020, Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Awareness Day, thousands of people tuned in to learn about MBC from the #LightUpMBC Virtual Gala. You can access the recording of the live-stream here: https://www.facebook.com/metavivor/videos/334839697816177 Livestream link -- fast forward to the live content about 30 minutes from the start! I was honored to take part … Continue reading Looking back on BCAM and #LightUpMBC

BCAM: A Wrap Up

Still hanging in there? I get tunnel vision at times and focus on one issue or one thing to the exclusion of most everything else. This can be useful at times, like preparing for a trial or a surgery or getting a project done; at the same time, it can be problematic as well. For … Continue reading BCAM: A Wrap Up

BCAM: October 31st

It's been quite the month, right? If you have stuck with me this whole month of facts and information about Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), you deserve a medal! Go ahead and pat yourself on the back for getting to the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) 2020 a/k/a Pinktober a/k/a Stinktober. And now remember … Continue reading BCAM: October 31st

BCAM: October 30th

Labels. Labels are fraught with meaning and can be difficult for a variety of meanings. Adiba tackles the label survivor in this way ... Breast Cancer Survivor. What does that actually mean? Should I that live with metastatic breast cancer ever be called a survivor? I say no! Please don't call me that!You hear breast … Continue reading BCAM: October 30th

BCAM: October 29th

Depression. Mental Illness. Anxiety. Struggle. I'm not ok. These are all words and phrases that are incredibly powerful, important, and necessary at times. Yet, there is a stigma. Many people who struggle, do so in silence, do so under the radar, do so without talking about it. I'm sure there are many reasons why someone … Continue reading BCAM: October 29th

BCAM: October 28th

Pain. It's my constant companion. Adiba and I share the status of having bone only metastases. While having bone only metastases is associated with a statistically longer life expectancy (approximately 10 years rather than the overall 2-3 year median life expectancy), the constant and chronic pain can really wear on a person. Here's how Adiba … Continue reading BCAM: October 28th

BCAM: October 27th

Estrogen. It's a hormone that I never really paid attention to until I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Because my subtype is hormone positive, that means my subtype is fueled by hormones. The hormones that fuel my cancer are estrogen and progesterone. So, as soon as possible after I began treatment, my doctor … Continue reading BCAM: October 27th

BCAM: October 26th

Every time a person shares they have cancer, there are a variety of questions from a variety of people, family, friends and strangers alike. Some of them go along these lines ... "Did you take birth control?" .... "Do you smoke?" .... "Are you overweight?" .... "How much alcohol do you drink?" ... "Is there … Continue reading BCAM: October 26th

BCAM: October 25th

I've mentioned the SEER program a few times this month and promised to share more. Well, here it is! SEER stands for "Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program." and can be accessed here. The bill that created it was signed by President Nixon, so it's been around for a long time. Any database that has … Continue reading BCAM: October 25th