Life with Stage 4 Breast Cancer – Under 30

Life with Stage 4 Breast Cancer – Under 30


My name is Shannon Collins, I am from Chicago, Illinois. I grew up in the Southwest Suburbs. I am one of five kids, four girls and one boy, and he is so spoiled it’s insane. I recently was married just a little over a year ago to my husband Kevin, and I have stage four breast cancer. Usually the emotional upheaval is quite different for someone young like yourself versus someone who may be post-menopausal. Can you talk about that? Yeah, there’s definitely a lot of different factors that come in to play I think with my age. One is me just trying to keep up with my friend group, you know, that’s in their 20s and 30s. You know, still trying to keep my social calendar up. And then there’s the completely opposite end of the spectrum, fertility, and talking about starting a family, and those just not really being in the cards for me to be able to conceive and have a child. So I think being younger, there’s a lot of things that get brought up. I’ve only been able to do so many things in the first 29 years of my life, not that I plan on stopping any of my plans really. Exactly. So yeah, it’s been challenging. It’s mostly challenging just telling people you have stage four breast cancer at age 29.

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