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The Best Metastatic Breast Cancer Blogs of the Year

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  • The Best Metastatic Breast Cancer Blogs of the Year

    The Best Metastatic Breast Cancer Blogs of the Year

    The uncertainty and sheer scope of a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis can shake, if not shatter, the strongest of spirits. Family can be a great asset to many during this time. Social support can also prove helpful. Blogs from people who’ve experienced cancer firsthand can become indispensable sources of encouragement.

    One study from 2010 looked at 70 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40. The authors found that many women leaned heavily on family. They also noted the potential of experiential support, such as blogs or other social media that offer people a glimpse into the reality of cancer.

    If you’ve been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, you may know you’re not alone. Though there are thousands of other people battling the same disease, you may not feel any less alone at the moment. Find a favorite blog that speaks to you. There may be a blogger who mirrors your situation. You may even find a voice that gives you something you’re missing elsewhere. The right blog could offer you the firsthand support your family may be unable to provide or put a face to your support system.

  • Dancing With Cancer: Living With Mets, The New Normal

    Dancing With Cancer: Living With Mets, The New Normal

    The phrase “dancing with cancer” may seem like a sugarcoated journey of positivity, but there’s more than just sweetness here. Jill Cohen has lived with metastatic breast cancer for more than a decade. She’s a testament to the possibility of life after advanced breast cancer, though she’s seen too many pass before her to forget the reality she’s living through. At Dancing with Cancer, you’ll get a glimpse of her story, including what she loves, the treatments she’s lived through, and her daily life. It’s not all roses, but it’s real. That’s what she seeks to pass along to readers.

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  • Living and Dying with Metastatic Breast Cancer

    Living and Dying with Metastatic Breast Cancer

    Before she was diagnosed with cancer, Sherri Fillipo was a nurse. The compassion, empathy, and contemplation she exhibited during those 25-plus years is now directed inward as she tries to come to terms with the emotional load of terminal cancer. She was first diagnosed in 2010 with bilateral invasive breast cancer. This cancer returned in 2014 and has since worsened. Her struggles and success are documented on her blog, Living and Dying with Metastatic Breast Cancer.

    What you won’t find here are treatment pros, cons, and selfies. She stopped treatment in spring 2015 and entered hospice in summer 2015. What you will find here are musings of the present time coupled with what comes next. Whether it’s giving advice for getting through the holidays or planning her memorial service, she doesn’t shy away from the weight of both living and dying with metastatic breast cancer.

  • Breast Cancer? But Doctor … I hate pink!

    Breast Cancer? But Doctor … I hate pink!

    Ann Silberman started Breast Cancer? But Doctor … I hate pink! because she wanted to put a face to cancer. She wanted to show people that if a run-of-the-mill person like her could beat breast cancer, they could, too. Life didn’t go exactly as planned, though. After six years of treatment, Ann explains, “What ‘seemed’ endless at the beginning turned out to actually be endless.”

    She never expected her cancer to turn terminal. She’s accepted that stage 4 cancer may end her life, but that day isn’t today. Until that day comes, she’s courageously continuing to blog. She’s putting a face to the pain and the sickness but also to the joy and the meaning of life.

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  • Darn Good Lemonade

    Darn Good Lemonade

    If you’re looking for a dose of positivity, Mandi Hudson at Darn Good Lemonade is your woman. A thirtysomething marketing professional, Mandi named her blog after what she says she’ll be needing after being doused with she calls “some lemons,” which are her cancer diagnosis of 2010 and its metastasis in late 2014.

    She started blogging as a way to keep her friends and family in the know about her treatment. Since then, her blog has proven to be a light to readers way beyond her social circle. Whether detailing the side effects only she seems to experience or the little things that make her smile, her humor shines. Her upbeat outlook is sure to keep a smile on readers’ faces.

  • Laughin’ and Lovin’ through it all

    Laughin’ and Lovin’ through it all

    Renee Sendelbach, author of Laughin’ and Lovin’ through it all, describes herself as a “Stage 4 breast cancer thriver, mommy, wife, and artist.” She is not only a devoted wife and mother, she is also devoted to God. She says she wants to show her experiences with cancer so that others may see that they too can strive to embrace all the unexpected that life throws their way.

    “Some of the best things in life have been things that in no way I was expecting,” she writes. Her artistic musings tackle tough topics in new ways and find beauty in the pain.

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  • StickIt2Stage4

    StickIt2Stage4

    Susan Rahn, the writer of StickIt2Stage4, gives a voice to the relationship challenges that come with a stage 4 diagnosis. She takes readers along on her beautifully illustrated journey as a wife and mother and asks readers to be their own biggest health advocate. Whether she’s penning a letter to her son or gushing about his desire to become a doctor, her love for her teenage son shines through.

  • Living Life With Metastatic Breast Cancer

    Living Life With Metastatic Breast Cancer

    “It is what it is” has been Tammy Carmona’s motto since she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 39. Though doctors told her she wouldn’t make it to 40, she’s beaten those odds and continues to fight. In addition to illustrating the harsh realities of cancer, Tammy also takes the time to advocate for metastatic breast cancer research. Reading Living Life With Metastatic Breast Cancer can help you raise your own awareness, too.

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  • Regrounding of chemo, cancer, and facing life head-on

    Regrounding of chemo, cancer, and facing life head-on

    Lori was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. She was diagnosed again in 2011, after the cancer showed up in her bones. From her first treatment to fighting the realities of metastatic breast cancer, she’s lived the ups and downs. With regrounding, she’s charting her way for others to see. Her blogs range from lighter topics, such as her recent foray into taking an Uber, to the heavy, such as recent mammography guidelines, and even the heavyhearted. She writes of facing cancer and life head-on. Lori says she hopes to raise some awareness, as well as her wine glass, along the way.

  • Booby and the Beast

    Booby and the Beast

    At Booby and the Beast, cancer’s toll on motherhood takes center stage. A cancer diagnosis is something many, if not all, mothers fear. To be diagnosed with not just cancer, but metastatic breast cancer, from the outset, can be terrifying. At the time of her diagnosis, Jen Campisano was raising a toddler. On her blog, Jen speaks candidly of the unknowns and acknowledges she wasn’t even certain she’d be here today. The courage she exhibits in her writing may give needed support to other mothers who are fighting their little one’s tantrums between treatments.

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  • My Journey With Stage 4 Breast Cancer

    My Journey With Stage 4 Breast Cancer

    Like so many others, Anna Craig’s cancer didn’t start as stage 4. With young children to care for, the diagnosis was still especially had to grasp. When her cancer spread to her lungs, and the doctors first uttered the words “incurable,” she and her family were devastated. On My Journey With Stage 4 Breast Cancer, Anna chronicles her path to acceptance and empowerment. She’s determined to see her children grow, and her desire to live life to the fullest comes across in her words and the images she shares.

  • 7777+ Days

    7777+ Days

    7777+ Days may seem like an odd title that doesn’t at once scream “cancer,” but look closely. “7777 days” is the answer this blogger received when she asked her oncologist how long the longest-living metastatic breast patient he knew was living and fighting cancer. “His answer was 20 years. 7777 equals a few more than those 21 years I will be hanging around to write this blog, swim lakes and love life,” she writes.

    That response epitomizes the energy of this blog. In a good way, it’s all about more fun, more humor, more dreams to be discovered, and more challenges to be conquered. Catch up on her journey to be inspired.

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  • The Cancer Classroom

    The Cancer Classroom

    At The Cancer Classroom, you’ll meet Lisa, a wife and mother to two daughters and a son. She says she lived a healthy, happily uneventful life until 2005. That’s when cancer became the unwelcome visitor that never really left. From stage 0 breast cancer to a stage 4 recurrence in 2013, she acknowledges that she learned much from reading others’ blogs.

    “Although depressing at times, it has been helpful to me to read about how others cope and what happens to the body as the disease progresses,” she writes. “It helps me prepare for what might happen to me. I like to be prepared. It also helps to know that there are others experiencing the same life-altering horror. There is comfort knowing I am not alone.” In her own blog, she hopes to offer readers going through similar trials a similar comfort.

  • META Thriving

    META Thriving

    In META Thriving, Susanne blogs about many aspects of her journey through stage 4 breast cancer. In reading her posts, you might catch some anger, but that’s her intention. She wants you to see it and to feel that anger. Like many others, she’s angry and frustrated that the survival rates for metastatic breast cancer have barely nudged over the passing years. Among the millions of pink ribbons, thousands of pink-splattered fundraisers, she stands as a voice screaming for metastatic breast cancer research, treatment, and advocacy. Read her story, including music lyrics, and join the fight for awareness if the issue speaks to you.

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  • Let Us Be Mermaids

    Let Us Be Mermaids

    In Let Us Be Mermaids, Susan Rosen chronicles her life as it’s been marked by cancer. She was first diagnosed in 2010, and it recurred and metastasized in 2013. Through her ups and downs, she recounts what she’s learned through doctors and educational sessions, what means the most to her (her husband, daughter, and son), and what her life looks like after the cancer diagnosis. Although cancer may be the most mentioned topic, her overarching message is clearly that her life is neither defined nor determined by metastatic breast cancer.

  • Living Life Furiously

    Living Life Furiously

    This wife, mother and college professor writes about her battle with stage 4 breast cancer at Living Life Furiously. A “born door-kicker” who “walks with elephants” and “stands on cobras,” she takes a heavy-handed approach to storytelling. Whether she’s talking about her day-to-day life or reflecting on relationships with family, she speaks freely and without shame. Her refreshingly honest approach offers a look into the fight with cancer and how it impacts the time you have left.

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  • I want more than a pink ribbon

    I want more than a pink ribbon

    I want more than a pink ribbon details Vickie Young Wen’s diagnosis of curable stage 3 breast cancer progress to a terminal illness. What started as lumps in the breast spread into the spine, pelvic bones, and a rib. Between hormonal treatments, clinical trials, and oral chemotherapy, this writer has been through a lot, and she wants to let others in on the reality. Raising awareness simply isn’t enough. She wants to give a voice and a presence to this disease while advocating for a cure.

  • Find Your Kind of Support

    Find Your Kind of Support

    Whether you’re looking for a soft-spoken style exuding positivity or an unapologetic view of what’s ahead, it can be beneficial to find a blog that speaks to you. Reading along with another person’s journey can be a huge support after a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. No matter how alone you may feel or how steep the road ahead may seem, reach out. This could be to a friend, a family member, or a breast cancer blogger, whoever feels like the right fit for you.

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References:

  • Snyder, K. A., & Pearse, W. (2010, July). Crisis, social support, and the family response: Exploring the narratives of young breast cancer survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 28(4), 413-431. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2904631/
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