This is not an easy note to write, and I am very sorry that it may be a difficult one to read.
I've come to the realization that I can no longer contend with the effects of metastatic breast cancer combined with multiple GI issues that prevent me from eating and drinking. I am hoping that hospice will help ease my transition and also lighten the burden borne by my husband Steve, who has remained lovingly at my side.
I've been extraordinarily fortunate to have outlived my prognosis. In the extra time I was granted, I've published a book for patients and caregivers called "The Insider's Guide to Metastatic Breast Cancer" and founded the Patient-Centered Dosing Initiative which was pivotal in transforming the "more is better" concept of oncology drug dosing to one which is far more humane and better-tolerated for cancer patients.
Yet the most important part of my life was being loved, and loving in return. Not only by family and friends, but also by other patients who have joined me in the trenches of this disease.
I ask for your understanding in that I may not have the wherewithal to respond to individual replies.
I am grateful to have no regrets, and think of this phase as having tied up the colorful ribbons of my life into a beautiful bow.
Thank you for being part of my life, and for all you have done to enrich it.