Today I am celebrating my 6 year cancer anniversary—a survivor of Stage IIIb, HER2+ Inflammatory Breast Cancer.
I give credit for my survival to the miracle drug, Herceptin, and early detection—as early can be with IBC. Amazingly, only one node was positive! Since completing chemotherapy, radiation, and TRAM Flap reconstruction I have made some life style changes in an effort to enhance my immune system including monitoring my Vitamin D levels. I truly believe it has made a difference in my survival. We now have targeted therapy drugs available such as Herceptin, which saved my life and continues to give hope to women with HER2+ breast cancer. The American Cancer Society provided the initial funding for the research and development of Herceptin.
We’ve made great strides in the fight against cancer and work towards the day when cancer will no longer be a death sentence, rather only a nuisance.
I am living proof of research dollars well spent!
Never give up.