“Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it.” – gotCancer.org.
Twelve years ago I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
By the time I had surgery it had spread to my lymph nodes.
I was given a 40% chance of survival without treatment.
I chose a brutal treatment and was given a 70% chance of survival. I always say, “I got a C average in cancer.”
In 2019, I now work with people, their partners, their families, friends, and caregivers, who have drawn the short straw of cancer. I work with other clinicians who have answered the call to work with people who have cancer and their communities. I have written two books – one for cancer survivors and the other for the clinicians who work with them. I have been deeply honored to be with some who have survived and to sit with others who have died.
Mostly, I am deeply grateful to still be alive … even on really, really bad days … I’m grateful.
Today is Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day. The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation was profoundly helpful to me in my early days of survival and I still have contact with women who I met on their online forum.
Please consider a donation to this wonderful organization that serves those who have been diagnosed with this rare and aggressive breast cancer. Thanks!
Angela Downs | 01st April 2019 at 9:52 pm
I’m going into my third year cancer free. I was diagnossd with TNBC in both breasts and I had double mastectomy. Thanks to the Gibbs Cancer Center and the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health for all they done for me.