I will never forget the day in 1991 at age 35 as a young mother, wife, and reporter, being told: “You have an aggressive, fast-growing breast cancer.”
I thought what many women thought back then when they heard that news.
“This is it. This is how it’s going to end.”
A mastectomy, 6 months of chemo, reconstruction. Telling my story publicly about a lump I was told was nothing and a mammogram that showed nothing. A missed diagnosis.
That was year one. It took many more years before I started really living my life again when the fear of recurrence didn’t haunt me every day.
Today, the world of breast cancer is different.
Mammography has improved dramatically.
What’s not different is women ( and some men) are still getting breast cancer. It’s still one in eight for women; over 266,000 women diagnosed each year in this country. We still don’t have a cure.
But we do have Living Beyond Breast Cancer and I’m proud to be on the board to raise research dollars, to provide support and trusted information for women to make informed decisions about their treatment.
Knowledge is power.
1) We now know there are different types of breast cancer. Today there are targeted treatments saving lives that didn’t exist 20 years ago.
2) Women are actually living WITH breast cancer. Because of advanced treatments, there are some women living full and active lives with metastatic breast cancer. Check out my friend Dana Donofree’s story and the bras she’s designed and created for women with breast cancer and beyond. https://www.anaono.com
3) Most importantly, I want you to know, if you are diagnosed with breast cancer YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
You do not have to go through this alone.
Thanks to my friends Loraine Ballard Morrill with iHeartMedia, Inc. and Jennifer Lynn with WHYY for standing with me under this Nicole Miller umbrella to help support Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
If you are in the Philadelphia region, please join us at the Nicole Miller store in the Bellevue Hotel on October 25th. I look forward to seeing you there and the day when we can say we don’t need breast cancer awareness month anymore.
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