If you ever meet a woman dealing with metastatic breast cancer, you will know what real courage is.
Recently, I received that dreaded phone call that all Stage 4 cancer patients fear: "Your scans are back, your disease is progressing, and your chemo is no longer effective."
Of course we don't have all of the answers yet, but every single day I am finding more and more information about new drugs, new therapies, new treatments and the promise of so much more on the horizon. So if you think that nothing is being done to help those who are Stage IV breast cancer survivors, I challenge you to take another look at all that is going on around us.
Although Cate and her mom had always been very close, their bond grew stronger after the diagnosis.
I still see beautiful women battling this disease with dignity and strength unlike any I have ever seen, but now, I see other images, too.
In July of 2013, I was diagnosed with IDC Triple Negative Breast Cancer Grade 3, at the age of 36, wife and mother of five beautiful children. I began treatments for this very rare and hard to treat and beat breast cancer through City of Hope. I started a trial in hopes of helping other women who would be diagnosed after me in hoping to play a small role in perhaps saving their life.
Ironically, it has been about two years since one of my many doctors wrote a script for my use of medicinal marijuana, I never asked for one, and never used it.
I've concluded that I can either sit at home and watch TV feeling sorry for myself or I can get my ass to the gym and feel good about myself.