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    BREAST CANCER,  BREAST CANCER AWARENESS,  COMMUNITY,  MALE BC,  MEN GET BC,  MENT GET BC TOO,  metastatic breast cancer

    A Thought On Divisions: A Day In The Life of a Stage IV Breast Cancer Patient

    A Thought on Divisions October 31, 2018 By Leah Taylor I’ve been thinking about an issue I’ve noticed in the breast cancer community over the last eight years. Eight years you say? Yup, eight years. Interesting story… about 5 months after diagnosis #1 in my breast cancer story in the fall of 2010, I went to a famous breast cancer website and went to the stage IV area to ask a valid question. (I went to the stage IV area because I was told I had an 87% chance of a second primary diagnosis or a very high chance of mets, etc…due to a BRCA mutation issue.) At that time,…

  • BREAST CANCER,  COMMUNITY,  metastatic breast cancer

    Life Does Go On: A Day in the Life of a Stage IV Cancer Patient

    October 28, 2018 By Leah Taylor There is a harsh reality in all of our lives. No matter what is going on, life goes on. I have been in the hospital since last Thursday, October 24, 2018. This blog breaks my past pattern of listing hourly glimpses as it covers a few days. I spent Thursday morning in the ER getting evaluated for pain control and evaluation to determine the source of the pain. By Thursday afternoon, I was admitted to the oncology floor at Harris, Ft. Worth. My pain was at a 9 level. I was at the “crying from extreme pain” stage. Let me explain: I.am.not.a.crier. It is…

  • BREAST CANCER,  metastatic breast cancer

    A Day In the Life of a Stage IV Breast Cancer Patient

    Thinking About Cancer Patient Safety October 20, 2018 By Leah Taylor Today’s edition of A Day in the Life of a Stage IV Breast Cancer Patient is me thinking about patient safety and three stories about this issue rather than the usual timeline. I saw a question asked by a cyber friend wondering what the “worst” thing that has happened since “my” breast cancer diagnosis. I found myself thinking of an issue that I discovered early on in my breast cancer experience, patient safety. It’s something commonly dealt with but I have not seen discussed openly. It’s a fact that a cancer diagnosis opens the patient up to being victimized…

  • BREAST CANCER,  BREAST CANCER AWARENESS,  COMMUNITY,  metastatic breast cancer

    A Day in the Life – Stage IV

    By: Leah Taylor What you are about to read is my experience from September 25, 2018. It could be quite difficult to read for anyone dealing with breast cancer. It is raw and real. 6:15 a.m. I wake up. The bed leaves me stiff but I am grateful for my son and his family and their extra bed. So, I slept reasonably well considering I wasn’t in my own home. I stopped at my son’s after being released from the hospital last night. After a four day stay, it was too late to make it home without it getting dark on the drive home. I can’t drive safely after dark…

  • BREAST CANCER,  metastatic breast cancer

    Kristen’s Legacy

    By: Joseph Jennings On 9-27, Kristen would have been 42, had her life not been cut short because of breast cancer. There is hardly a day that goes by that my mind doesn’t goes back to Nov 9.  I see Abigail crying while giving her mom a kiss and telling her one final time “goodbye mom, I love you”.  It is etched in my brain.  Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear Katlyn screaming “mommy please don’t go, I love you so much”.  It is etched in my ears. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t watch Kristen struggle to breath as I see a tear fall…

  • BREAST CANCER,  COMMUNITY,  metastatic breast cancer

    The Future Doesn’t Feel That Bright

    Meet Emma.  A Sheffield based blogger with a penchant for gin and craft beer, travelling, snowboarding, sailing and slowing doing up her house. She’s aggressively dog friendly, and also had a brush with Breast Cancer. My fear about this cancer recurrence sneaks up on me, between my flippant Instagram posts and jokes with Drs about replacing my Sternum with Bluetooth speakers, it’s sitting there with a hefty weight attached to it. It hits me hard at the strangest moments. When I’m making a 6th birthday cake for Flash. Will I see birthdays 7, 8, 9? Or when I get followed around the internet by snowboard boots ad. Will I be…