Yesterday, I had my final infusion of taxol, marking the end of my chemotherapy. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this process, both near and far.
I wrote a poem for the bell-ringing ceremony at the end of chemo, because the poem on the original plaque did not feel relevant to me as a metastatic breast cancer patient. Metastatic breast cancer patients will be in some form of treatment for life. I wrote something because I wanted people who will never fully be done with treatment to have something to commemorate the completion of an aspect of treatment.
Please sign this petition for the CDC to begin counting all people living with metastatic breast cancer. We don’t know how many women and men are living with metastatic disease and this information is vital (in more ways than one). We need this information for funding of research and treatment. Right now, women and men aren’t counted until they die, so we don’t have an accurate picture of the extent of the disease. We need to know how many people are living with metastatic breast cancer to help create better treatment options to keep us alive longer.