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House Resolution 787 – Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day October 13

October 13, 2020

By Kathy Coursey-Boes, Coping Magazine

On July 19, 2009, at 6am, I drove with my 12 year old daughter Addie from Oxford, Georgia to Washington, DC, to join our group of breast cancer patients and family members. The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network would train us in the legislative and advocacy process. The drive was long and the day was hot, but it was important for me to be in Washington and have my voice heard. It was important for Addie to see me fighting on behalf of my beliefs and the needs of others. I was part of the group representing all of us with stage IV breast cancer and the issues that are unique to us.

Hopedale woman upbeat despite cancer

October 12, 2020

By Ashley Studley, Milford Daily News (MA)

Debra Ragosta refuses to dwell on her own mortality.

The Hopedale resident, who has breast cancer, said Breast Cancer Awareness month has her thinking about the thousands of patients dealing with terminal breast cancer - and how little others might know about it.

Cancer can't diminish her zest for life

October 10, 2020

A stack of books on travel and vegan cooking sit on Loretta Ferraro's coffee table.The shelves of her entertainment center are filled with framed photos from trips around the world and skydiving adventures. And in her bedroom is a drawer full of pink shirts, pink beads and pink buttons.

Ferraro had a life before breast cancer, and she's determined to have an even better one with it.

Crossing Guard for 26 years finds it isn't so easy to stop

October 10, 2020

By Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Inquirer

Sharon Kirscht uses the present tense when talking about the job that cancer finally forced her to give up.

"I love being a crossing guard," says the lady who helped Gloucester Township's children get to and from school for 26 years.

Breast cancer: A fight to be done together

October 10, 2020

By Greenbay (WI) Press Gazette

I am very familiar with the words, "you have cancer." I am a 17-year breast cancer survivor and I am now battling breast cancer for the third time. My history with cancer began when I was 37 and suspicious spots showed up on my mammogram.

Famous Breast Cancer Survivors- Elizabeth Edwards

October 8, 2020

By Today Health, NBC

Elizabeth Edwards

The wife of former vice presidential candidate John Edwards was diagnosed with invasive ductal cancer, the most common type of the disease, in the final weeks of the presidential campaign in 2004. After receiving treatment, she went into remission, although the cancer returned in 2007. She is living with stage 4 breast cancer which has spread to her bones and other organs. “There are no guarantees in life anyway,” she told NBC Dateline in 2004. “And if the one thing that we’ve learned over the years is that you’re going to have to live every day like it’s your last day anyway. So you know, this, for me, it’s just another reminder of that lesson.”

Woman fights third bout with cancer

October 8, 2020

By Crystal Tatum

Covington - Barbara Schemmel knows what it really means to fight like a girl. That's her motto.

Fighting Cancer Now: Miracle Research and the Promise of Prevention

August 9, 2020

By Mark Dagostino, Tonic

Pamela Lipton's doctor told her she would die of breast cancer in as little as three years. That was five years ago. Today, she's cancer free, and crediting The Angiogenesis Foundation with saving her life. Could the foundation's research save millions more?

Former Resident Establishes Breast Cancer Support Group

May 14, 2020

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz, publicopiniononline.com (Chambersburg, PA)

Deb Mumma, a local nurse fighting metastatic breast cancer — Stage 4 cancer — is starting a support group for others facing the life challenges she now faces.
The first meeting of BC Mets will be Monday in Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women's Center, 757 Norland Ave. Breast cancer is in Stage 4 when it has spread outside the lymph nodes into other organs, most commonly in the liver, lung, brain and bone. Theoretically, Stage 4 breast cancer is incurable, said Dr. Mahin Khan,...

Fighting Cancer: Who’s Winning?

April 28, 2020

By Pamela Lipton, New York Times Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:
Your article draws much-needed attention to the fact that cancer in most cases remains incurable. It is time that we recognize that the war on cancer is not going well.

As a four-year metastatic breast cancer patient who received a diagnosis at age 44, I am acutely aware that research needs to focus on how to stop the process of metastases in order to make real progress against this deadly illness.

Breast cancer alone claims the lives of 41,000 Americans a year, and 30 percent of breast cancer patients are metastatic. The majority of us with metastases live only two to three years after the metastases have been diagnosed. We desperately need treatments to extend our lives while the search for the cure continues.

Phyllis Kutt, the nonsmoking, physically fit vegetarian whom you profile, is not an anomaly. Increasing financing for cancer research has to be a national priority to at long last arrest this scourge.

Pamela Lipton
Newton, Mass., April 25, 2020
The writer is a member of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.

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