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Hooray! Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Over! - Wendy Will Blog
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Hooray! Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Over!

October 31, 2011

Today is officially the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness month!

I’m proud to have been able to share my story at The Trend Tribe, Pieces of a Mom, and on Beth’s blog at Dragonfly Shops & Gardens. I was also thrilled to have been asked to speak with Maegan’s listeners on her Beyond the Bandaids podcast and hope I was able to ease her worries about having a mammogram.

Awareness is great. I’m all for awareness. That’s why I tell my story because so many people are unaware that breast cancer does happen to young women. Young women without a family history and whom do not carry the BRCA gene mutation.

Early detection does equal better survival rates. But, breast cancer is incurable. I like to think that I kicked it’s ass and maybe I have but I don’t know for sure. One tiny, itty-bitty rogue cell tough enough to have survived the dense dose chemotherapy drugs and the radioactive ions shot into my body could just be chilling, laying in wait, ready to rapidly divide and try to conquer again. But it is pissed and it’s going for my other organs now.

I read a poignant post from Susan at Toddler Planet earlier today in which she says “No one dies of breast cancer confined to their breast. Some of us die from treatment, but most of us die when the cancer has moved to our vital organs and shut them down. We die of metastatic disease.”

Metastatic breast cancer is incurable and likely fatal. It is also the least researched and receives a measly 3% of the research funds in the United States.

Again, while I support awareness, I feel like it’s a no-brainer decision in joining the other rally cries in the area of metastatic breast cancer research. Do you get where I’m coming from and where I might be going with this? I mean, it’s very likely, I will die from metastatic breast cancer so I best be doing what I can. Right?  If I sound unclear, don’t fret, I do not have metastatic breast cancer and I am considered NED (no evidence of disease)

These are my new teachers: National Breast Cancer Coalition, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, and Metavivors.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

November 1st kicks off a whole new lifestyle for this girl and my family.  Clean eating and #challenge 25.  Who’s with me?

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Real Mom of OC November 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

i am with you. Started my training for 1/2 marathon in January yesterday!!! Clean eating and living for me. The cancer scared 80 lbs off of me, and now a fit and healthy life for me and those around me.
So happy for you.

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Wendy November 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

I’m so proud of you! A half-marathon? Crazy! And 80 lbs? You are my hero! You must tell me how you did it.

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Chrissy @ Fireflies and Hummingbirds November 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

I love you, and I appreciate you sharing your story. However, I will not stand for you dying of metastatic breast cancer, so we all need to get on board with the research. I’m checking out the links you provided.

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Wendy November 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

Thanks always for your support Chrissy! xo

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Ashley @ It's Fitting November 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Let’s clean eat together. I feel disgusting from the “party mode” I’ve been in for the month of OCTOBER. Not even DECEMBER! Gah, more fruits and veggies please, back on the clean and healthy and organic bandwagon. YAY

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Wendy November 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

Ok, so when you get back from your wedding weekend, we’ll start sharing ideas and recipes on how to eat cleaner!

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Sara @ Periwinkle Papillon November 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I agree Wendy. After my involvement in creating awareness I’m frustrated and exhausted. Curing the disease should be the focus. I hope your new lifestyle kickoff involves ‘no stinkin thinkin’ and you never again utter the words “it’s very likely, I will die from metastatic breast cancer.” Because I don’t want to hear you say that ever again!
thanks for sharing all that you have and all that you did this month and every day!

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Wendy November 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

I adore you, Sara!

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San Diego Momma November 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

My mom had metastatic breast cancer. This is a near and dear cause to me.
And thanks so much for what you have done and said this month to raise awareness.

XO.

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Wendy November 3, 2011 at 9:46 am

I’m so sorry to hear your mom battled mets. It’s a nasty disease. Thank you so much for your support!

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Kerry January 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thank you. Friends and family (outside those living in my home) don’t understand the whole “cancer is incurable” bit. I have thyroid cancer, and am dealing with a recurrence that doesn’t seem to be responding to radiation. When people ask about it, they can’t grasp what it means. They tell me that my fear is me being “negative.” “Just be positive and you’ll be fine,” they say. And while I think I have a pretty stinking positive attitude, some days I just need to be scared.

Thank you.

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