Miracle Survivor author talks about surviving stage 4 breast cancer

Miracle Survivor author talks about surviving stage 4 breast cancer


WALKING 15 MILES FROM SPRINGDALE TO OUR STATION HERE, HOPING TO WIN A TRIP. GOOD LUCK. DURING BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH WE HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT THE DISEASE, BUT DID YOU KNOW THE 250,000 WOMEN WORLDWIDE ARE ESTIMATED TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH ADVANCED STAGE BREAST CANCER EVERY YEAR? JOINING ME TO TALK ABOUT IT IS A LOCAL AUTHOR AND SUFFER OF BREAST CANCER. TELL US ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE DIAGNOSES. WELL, ADVANCED BREAST CANCER, OFTEN KNOWN AS METASTATIC OR STAGE FOUR IS WHEN THE CANCER HAS SPREAD BEYOND THE BREAST TO OTHER PARTS OF YOUR BODY. FOR INSTANCE, WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED IT WAS FOUND IN MY ARMPITS, MY CHEST, AND MY LIVER. YOU WERE DIAGNOSED EARLY ON, CORRECT? I WAS DIAGNOSED FIRST IN 2002 WITH STAGE TWO BREAST CANCER AND WAS TOLD THAT MY PRIDE THAT PROGNOSIS WAS EXCELLENT. I WENT TO THE CHEMO, HAD A LOT TO DO ME, RADIATION, BUT IT CAN BACK FIVE YEARS LATER. I DON’T KNOW IF IT IS WELL-KNOWN, BUT 30% OF PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER AT ANY STAGE, IT WILL COME BACK TO STAGE FOUR. ONLY 5% OF THE RESEARCH FUNDING GOES TO METASTATIC. WHEN YOU GET THE DIAGNOSIS , DOES YOUR MINDSET CHANGE? THE FIGHT IS OBVIOUSLY THE SAME, BUT HOW DO YOU TAKE THAT NEWS? OF COURSE IT IS DEVASTATING AND YOU HEAR THESE TERRIBLE STATISTICS AND YOU THINK — AM I GOING TO LIVE? MY DAUGHTER WAS NINE AT THE TIME. I WAS READY TO FIGHT. I TOLD MY DOCTOR I WAS TOO STUBBORN TO DIE. AND HERE I AM. YOU ARE COMING OUT OF THE BOOK ABOUT IT. YOUR SECOND BOOK? TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK. THIS IS A COLLECTION OF STORIES FROM PEOPLE WHO WERE BASICALLY GIVEN A DEATH SENTENCE. THERE ARE 24 STORIES, INCLUDING MINE, ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF CANCER, ALL STAGE FOR. THE ONE THING I WAS DOING AS I INTERVIEWED PEOPLE WAS I NOTICED COMMON ATTRIBUTES. I SHARED THOSE. BEING A PROACTIVE AND. PERSEVERING, NEVER GIVING UP. GIVING BACK TO OTHERS. SURVIVORS SHARED THEIR LESSONS LEARNED. RATE, WELL, WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO GET OUR HANDS ON YOUR BOOK. YOU CAN OF COURSE GET A COPY OF “MIRACLE SURVIVORS” AND LEARN MORE ABOUT TAMMY’S STORY IN DEER PARK ON OCTOBER 23 FROM 6:00 UNTIL 9:00.

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