Sep 11, 2017 07:45AM
Rather than focusing on Halloween, which is SUPPOSED to be a bit scary to kids, I would much rather see Pinktober in general turned from BC "awareness" (as is commonly done) to a CURE for it. Better treatments. Better pain control. Better symptom control. I hide in October. I can't stand the marketing aimed at "awareness" but really putting $$ in the pockets of the manufacturers of those products.
I would bet that an extremely high percentage of the United States population (and certainly everyone I know) is "aware" of BC. Rather than raising money for more "awareness", as some orgs do, I wish the general focus (not talking BCO here) would change to raise awareness of a need for a cure and a need to address the issues that those of us with MBC, along with all other stages, go through on a daily basis.
My 1.25 cents (after taxes).
First diagnosed with LCIS Stage 0 in 2005. Then FOUR MORE TIMES. Now Stage IV. CANCER SUCKS.
2005, LCIS, Stage 0, ER+/PR+, HER2+
1/1/2005 Lumpectomy: Right
2006, LCIS, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+
1/1/2006 Lumpectomy: Left
6/1/2006 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel
4/1/2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/1/2010 Mastectomy: Left, Right
8/1/2010 Arimidex (anastrozole)
8/1/2010 Adriamycin (doxorubicin)
9/1/2010 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
10/23/2014, ILC, 3cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
11/2014, ILC, Stage IV, Grade 2, ER+/PR+
11/4/2014 Lumpectomy: Left
12/5/2014 Chest wall
2/1/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)