Breast Cancer Reality

There are so many women out there wondering and maybe even scared of Breast Cancer. I hope to provide a little relief to so many out there. Yes, this is scary. Yes, you can have breast cancer in your 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's. This is not just a disease people get in their 70's and 80's. Yes, women die every day from this horrible thing. Good news, the treatments have come such a long way. I applaud all you researchers, chemists, doctors, technicians and so many others who have helped find new medications and treatments. New drugs seem to come out every few years. More genetic testing is out there to pinpoint the type of cancer and medication that works for you.


What do I need to do?

Get tested, don't be scared. The sooner it is found the higher chance the doctors can remediate it all. The longer you wait the more it controls your body. Stay healthy, exercise, eat right. All the normal advice doctors give.


Resources:

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

M.D. Anderson Hospital

Breast Cancer Resource Center

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN)

National Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer New & Symptoms




How Real is Breast Cancer:

One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. For 25‑30 percent of them, the cancer will spread, or metastasize. While there has been significant progress in early detection and treatment for primary breast cancer, advances in treatment and prevention of metastasis are lagging behind. Today, an estimated 150,000 women and men in the U.S. alone are living with metastatic breast cancer.” - BCRF


Let’s help end this nightmare and bring hope to those we can.

Being diagnosed with Stage 4 or Metastatic does not mean instant death. In the last seven years numerous FDA approved medications have come to the market providing an extended life for many of 2 to 10 years. More medications are coming out every year. The medications that I take did not exist on the market when she was first diagnosed, seven years ago. Research is critical for Metastatic Breast Cancer. This is why I am passionate about raising funds for Seven Years of Reacher representing the time between my first and second diagnosis. 10% of all book sales profit goes to Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other Breast Cancer Resources.

https://www.bcrf.org/ - Estabrook 7 Years of Research


Survival

Essential to my survival through this nightmare are the patient navigators from the Breach Cancer Resource Center of Texas. This person understands the medical nomenclature and the resources available. Whether financial, medical, emotional or sociological. They also provide a network of other women who are going through the same thing with similar life stages or Cancer Stage. Women to Women talking helping each other out. There are not many of these Centers around the country. I would love to be able to provide dollars to every State and Province in the US for these Centers or to start new ones. Join me in this mission to provide help and hope.

https://bcrc.org/


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