I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer 2 days after I turned 29. I’ve been living with MBC for 9 years. My treatment has included a double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery, chemo, radiation, ovaries removed, and lots of other treatments along the way. In December of 2019 I started having some pain. The pain became severe in February of 2020, my March scans showed progression of the cancer. I got a biopsy that would qualify me for a new drug, but they didn’t get enough tissue. So, now all of my treatment is held up because of COVID. My treatment has been delayed by 6 weeks at this point.
It’s a difficult time for everyone, especially living with Stage 4 cancer where I feel such gratitude for being safe and home, and in awe of people who work on the front lines. At the same time there are a lot of heavy emotions too, it’s a double edge sword. It’s hard to live with the grief and uncertainty of what’s going on with my treatment and waiting an excessive amount of time for tests. I have had to go alone to scans and treatments for the first time in 9 years. It’s a real rollercoaster. So much is shut down, but we don’t get a break from living with Stage 4 cancer. I still need radiation, treatment, and doctors’ appointments. The fear and uncertainty of going into the treatment. It’s just an uncertain time. I got diagnosed with a recurrence in the middle of COVID and had to deal with biopsies and radiation and not being able to see my doctors like I normally would, layered on top of the fear and uncertainty everyone is feeling with this pandemic.
Upon being diagnosed, I was desperate to find someone young like me living with MBC and bringing awareness to people facing MBC. I was drawn to Hope Scarves mission to fund MBC research. That is something that I am extremely passionate about, there aren’t many organizations focusing on that. If we don’t fund research for MBC we won’t be able to find a cure for it. It directly impacts my life and ability to live as long as possible. I have donated my personal scarves to Hope Scarves and I have sent a Hope Scarf to people.
I think now more than ever, people need to feel supported and seen and loved and we can’t do that in person- so we need to find ways to do that by actions like hope scarves. By donating and allowing scarves to be sent to women in need. It’s such a perfect way to support each other in a time when we can’t physically be with each other. So many people express feelings of not knowing how they can help and feeling helpless, this is a way you can really truly make a difference in someone’s life. Giving a scarf a tangible object or a donation that helps fund MBC research. It’s an easy way to help support during times of helplessness.
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