SO, you are getting more education today?!?!?
Before I do though, a little back story on me.When I was diagnosed Stage 1 at 30 years old, I was able to wash my hands of the whole cancer part of my life about 9-10 after it all started. I mean, I was clean and clear and went on my merry little way.
At that time, I had NO idea the BC could return…NO IDEA!
It wasn't talked about. All that was talked about was the "fact" that I "beat it"
In fact, even after my lung biopsy came back positive for cancer, I thought it was lung cancer. I still had NO idea my Breast Cancer could move other places in my body.Eric had tried to explain this to me, but either didn’t want to hear it or really didn’t get it.
It wasn’t until I had an appointment at MD Anderson that it all sunk in…he told me that I have ALWAYS been metastatic. That my BC has always been floating somewhere in my body, but was not a mass large enough to show on scans.I went through denial of this for a few weeks.
Then I was able to make peace with it.
Because not matter what I was classified as it didn’t matter to where I was but it matter what I am now.People ask me all the time, where should they donate to.
My 2 cents:
About MetavivorMETAvivor is dedicated to the specific fight of women and men living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. At the time of METAvivor’s founding, no organization was dedicated to funding research for the disease and no patient groups were speaking out about the dearth of stage 4 cancer research. While more and more people have taken up the cry for more stage IV research, METAvivor remains the sole US organization dedicated to awarding annual stage IV breast cancer research.
METAvivor exists to sustain hope for those living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Passionately committed patients ourselves, we rally public attention to the urgent needs of the MBC community, help patients find strength through support and purpose, and make every dollar count as we work with researchers to regain longevity with quality of life.