And I know of three of them just off the top of my head. Two are dear friends who I see once a month. We get together for lunch each month with a group of cancer survivors & metsters, and another friend who lost her husband to cancer. Then there is a blogger from a neighboring town who I have been following since I had breast cancer in 2011. She has MBC. And I wonder how many others I encounter on a daily basis who I don't even know about.
It's pretty sad how our group of 6 who meet monthly for lunch, as mentioned above, is growing. This summer we added another local gal who went through breast cancer treatment. And I just learned there is another local gal who may be joining us when we get together next week. We all would prefer to not have new members in our little "club"; but the odds seem to be against us. We can only hope that they go through their own "lost year"(as my husband called it when I was going through breast cancer chemo, surgery & radiation), and then are in remiaaion and get on with some form of normalcy to their lives. But statistics show that 20 - 30% of people initially diagnosed with breast cancer, will later have a recurrence and develop metastatic breast cancer. And that frightens the heck out of me.
By bringing awareness to this subject through my Blog, I can only hope that future research will eventually find a way to prevent breast cancer before it even begins. Wouldn't that just be the best thing ever. But for now, it's all about time.And that is why I'm participating in the #ItsAboutTimeMBC #breast cancer awareness campaign. #ItsAboutTimeMBC highlights the importance of time to #metastatic patients.
Did you know...
- An estimated 155,000 Americans are currently living with metastatic breast cancer.
- Metastatic breast cancer accounts for approximately 40,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
- Early detection does not guarantee a cure. Metastatic breast cancer can occur 5, 10 or 15 years after a person’s original diagnosis and successful treatment checkups and annual mammograms.
To learn more about the #ItsAboutTimeMBC campaign, and how you can get involved, visit http://itsabouttimembc.com/home/
AND now the Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!
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