I am 53 years old and married 32 years with no kids to a loving husband, Rudy. We have 2 fur babies; 1 cat Roxie Raccoon & 1 dog Cody. I am a photographer which helps me keep busy & capture others memories.
I had a 20lb tumor removed & hysterectomy for fibro tumor in June 2007. This was not long before breast cancer. I fight Breast Cancer every day. My cancer journey started back in 2018. May 1,2008 I was finally confirmed that I had breast cancer May 1,2008. On May 12,2008 I had my right breast removed cause was cancer in many spots. I had left removed cause found cyst & was afraid would turn to cancer. I was stage 1 in 2008 I did a chemo trial after surgery in June 2008. In June 2011 I became re-staged to 2B due to new standards of size of tumors. I was clear of cancer for 4.7 years. Dec 20th,2012 I went to doctor after not feeling great. I had test done & was called back same day to doctor office to tell me the Breast Cancer spread to my liver. I became MBC/stage IV. Started treatment in Jan 9, 2013 & had IV Port put in for my birthday on Jan 4 ,21013 at age 46. I lost all my hair when started IV treatment in 2013 & since then I keep my head shaved to show women it is ok to be bald. 2 years later Aug 22, 2014 my BC spread to my bones. I have been on a few different kinds of oral chemo since I did the IV treatment.
I have learned you can either live your life to the fullest or let cancer rule your life. I have chosen to live life to the fullest with a positive outlook. I do not dwell on my cancer but learned from it. I try to help others deal with their cancer. My cancer is going to kill me but while I am on this earth I will help as many people I can. Many people say I am an inspiration to them. I am just trying to live with my cancer & share my story to help others. Yes, I am dying from my cancer but I try to live each day to the fullest. As long as there is a treatment for me to take I will stay alive. I am on oral chemo for life. MBC is going to kill me one day. Breast Cancer does not kill you but MBC does. I may not look sick to you but I am. I not only fighting cancer but I also have Fibromyalgia, Degenerative joint disease, osteoporosis from my cancer & arthritis. I do not want you to feel sorry for me or pity me, I just want to be treat like you treat others. I was the one that started this quote that others now use. “I have Cancer but cancer does not have me.”
Metastatic breast cancer (also called stage IV or advanced breast cancer) is not a specific type of breast cancer, but rather the most advanced stage of breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body (most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain).
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