Pinktober can be a difficult time for patients with metastatic breast cancer.
Original video posted October 14, 2019 – This is MBC – Shari
The following is information about metastatic breast cancer. This information was previously found on my social media posts during the month of October 2019.
Metastatic breast cancer, also known as stage IV or MBC, is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body- most commonly to the bones, lungs, liver or brain. There is no cure. It’s estimated that more than 154,000 U.S. women and an unknown number of men have MBC. This is #unacceptable and is why MBC is a top priority for research, public policy, ongoing education, and patient support programs.
MBC is a problem that affects us all. You can be part of the solution.
In 2019 some MBC patients live for months, others thrive for many years, but the global median of survival time from initial progression has been stuck at two to three years for decades. That is NOT good enough.
The MBC community would like to see that doubled by 2025.
It will take the voices of many to help make that change. See today’s story for ideas on how you can be part of the movement.
Being diagnosed metastatic is just awful luck, not something a person did or didn’t do. Some with metastatic breast cancer are diagnosed de novo metastatic, which means they are diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer from their first diagnosis.
I posted the following video in honor of Holley Kitchen. I watched Heidi’s Youtube video shortly after I had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Through Heidi’s video, I learned the most about the disease I was facing. The video at first hit me like a ton of bricks. However, it was influential in helping me find my strength.
That is why I chose to make my own version of the video, in the hope that someone else will find their strength.
Here is the link. This is MBC