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am a wife, mother, school psychologist, thinker, traveler and long term cancer patient. This is my story, 13 years after my initial diagnosis of breast cancer,  and the occasion of its grim return to my life. And so it begins….March 11, 2015.  http://barbigwire.com/about/

am a wife, mother, school psychologist, thinker, traveler and long term cancer patient. This is my story, 13 years after my initial diagnosis of breast cancer, and the occasion of its grim return to my life. And so it begins….March 11, 2015. http://barbigwire.com/about/

Metastasis in inflammatory breast cancer

Metastasis in inflammatory breast cancer

I started this blog when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2006 to share the long journey through surgery, chemo & recovery. I thought it would help to get me through it and then hopefully help someone else who may be on the other side of a cancer diagnosis and just as scared as I was. Fast forward to June 2013 when I was diagnosed w/Metastatic Breast Cancer which spread to my bones for the most part. I'm currently in treatment to slay the beast. F cancer.

I started this blog when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2006 to share the long journey through surgery, chemo & recovery. I thought it would help to get me through it and then hopefully help someone else who may be on the other side of a cancer diagnosis and just as scared as I was. Fast forward to June 2013 when I was diagnosed w/Metastatic Breast Cancer which spread to my bones for the most part. I'm currently in treatment to slay the beast. F cancer.

10 tips for getting through chemo

Ten tips for getting through chemo

The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not a Pink Ribbon.
(Volume I)

Hardcover. 126 pages containing 50 portraits of young breast cancer survivors, as well as an autobiographical sketch by each woman, describing her experience with breast cancer. The SCAR Project is an exhibition of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay.

The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer is Not a Pink Ribbon. Portraits of young breast cancer survivors.

Cancerversaries!!! Dave Hughes, shown in his Seattle home on April 14, 2014, will be marking the fifth anniversary of being diagnosed with cancer by participating in Fred Hutch's Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. Robert Hood / Fred Hutch. #fredhutch @Erin B Cox #cancer #fredhutchinson #survivor #survivors #cancerversaries

Cancerversaries: Survivors mark milestones with tattoos, feats of strength, fundraising

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) doesn't show any signs or symptoms until it is late-Stage 3 or 4 (there is no Stage 5). It is misdiagnosed 9 out of 10 times. Because of how aggressively the cancer grows and because of the delay in diagnosis, it has the worst prognosis of all breast cancers. All other BCs have an average 5-yr survival rate of 90%+. This has only a fraction of that if it is still stage 3B or 3C. If I am stage 4 I will have technically an "incurable" disease.

Most people that find out I have breast cancer ask, "So did you find a lump?" because for of breast cancers that is how it works.

Rare: to be diagnosed with breast cancer under 40 accounts for only 7% of the population with breast cancer. Unique: About 6-10% of patients are Stage IV (Metastatic) at their initial diagnosis.  I am this huge ball of rarities that no one really seems to know what to do with. I don’t fit in to the “norm” metastatic breast cancer group, young cancer group or breast cancer group. It is very isolating and frustrating.

The Chronicles of Cancer: The Mom, the Breast and the IV Pole: The Mommy Bucket List

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