Our lives and experiences, our support and our research differ from that associated with the traditional cancer “survivor” and thus we do not use that term. Instead we refer to ourselves as “METAvivors.” We are a thriving community of people living against the odds every day, fighting for the research that could save our lives. What is Metastatic (Stage 4) Breast Cancer?
This essay was written by CJ (Dian) Corneliussen-James in June 2008 for National Cancer Survivors’ Day local celebrations in Annapolis MD and was updated September 2010. Intended to inform the public, it was rejected by public media at the time.
Graduate student Cecilia Choy reflects on the importantance of the patient perspective in metastasis research. Cecilia is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree and specializes in HER2+ breast cancer brain metastasis research at City of Hope Cancer Center.
METAvivor has received a grant of over $100,000, the largest contribution in its five-year year history. This leadership donation from Abbey and Neal Rapoport of Plano, Texas, will be used to fund critical scientific research on breast cancer metastasis,
Four grants fund critical research to relegate metastatic breast cancer to a chronic manageable disease.
METAvivor President Lori Marx-Rubiner has been selected as a featured breast cancer advocate by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.
METAvivor was featured on The Balancing Act® on Lifetime® Television. If you missed the segment, you can still see it online by clicking "Continue" below. The Balancing Act® is one of America’s premier women’s morning shows.