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METAvivor Board member Kelly Shanahan, M.D. discusses her experiences over the years attending the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) as both an advocate and a doctor, including key takeaways from the 2020 virtual conference.
METAvivor Board Member Rich Leland's wife Erin was a fierce adocate for MBC community and METAvivor. After her passing in 2018 Rich wanted to continue her legacy of serving the MBC Community. In this week's blog, Rich discusses how his service on the METAvivor board of directors has given him the opportunity to carry on Erin's legacy and how others can to do the same through METAvivor's new fundraising platform Classy.
I had always heard that breast cancer is the good kind of cancer to have. Being diagnosed with the “good kind of cancer” at age 38 only to find out it’s treatable but not curable was devastating, to say the least. I had absolutely no clue what was coming.
This morning I saw a post on Instagram about a dying cancer patient lamenting and ruminating about the what ifs…”what if I would have eaten better or differently? or slept differently/better?”…..in other words, feeling guilty, thanks to all the advice people have thrown at her since she was diagnosed with cancer.
Breast cancer has been a part of my life since I was 25 years old. At the time, I was an otherwise healthy and vibrant young woman. I was active in my dance and circus communities, on fire with passion and devotion to my crafts. I had just been accepted into the Peace Corps, a dream of mine for a very long time. The future I had crafted looked bright and promising; I had put so much work into what I loved, and it was paying off!