On The Move After Breast Cancer

On The Move After Breast Cancer


– A cancer diagnosis
can rock someones world, but focusing on the
support around you and not letting the
cancer define you, can make all the difference. So lets meet a woman who
says concentrating on friends and fun, helped her through
treatment for breast cancer. Michelle Cerulus has always
been an active person and focused on staying healthy. – I’ve been a runner
my entire life, I’ve run throughout childhood, I’ve always been
involved in sports. I’ve always been very athletic
and lead a healthy lifestyle. – [Jane] That close
attention to her health meant she was immediately
concerned when she noticed something
out of the ordinary during a self breast examine. – It wasn’t a lump, it wasn’t
dimply, it wasn’t anything like the description that
most people talk about. – [Jane] After an ultrasound
and later a biopsy, Michelle knew she was
facing breast cancer. – Unbelievable, there’s no way that
I could have cancer. I’m so healthy, I do everything I can to
keep a positive and healthy mind, body and spirit. So it was, it didn’t
sound real to me, what we found out is I have
the BRCA1 genetic mutation. So that’s the reason why
this came into my life. I had no idea how
serious my condition was, it was triple negative
breast cancer. – Breast cancer is not one
disease, there are many different forms
of breast cancer. Any time a woman is
diagnosed we test the tumor for three special receptors;
the estrogen receptor, the progesterone receptor
and the HER2 receptor. Refer to proteins that
the cancer can express that can be targeted with
different types of treatments. Michelle’s breast
cancer was what we call triple negative breast cancer
because it didn’t express any of these receptors. And the main way we treat
this form of breast cancer is with chemotherapy. – [Jane] In addition
to chemotherapy, Michelle also joined an
immunotherapy clinical trial. – Immunotherapy drugs work
by helping to stimulate the body’s own immune
system to eradicate cancer. – [Jane] Michelle knew that
she didn’t want treatment to completely sideline
her from her life. So with her medical
teams approval, she set a big goal for herself. – Completing the Rock
N Roll Half Marathon, while I was on chemo. Cancer’s not my identity, and being an athlete
and a runner is. So, that helped me
maintain a part of myself that was very important. – [Jane] Michelle’s
fighting spirit not only got her
through the race, but also through the
rest of her treatment. – Michelle had a fabulous
response to her treatment. We considered her to have
no evidence of the disease. – Hearing the news that
I didn’t have cancer in my body anymore, that was just the best
news I could hear. My health is in a good
place, I’m feeling great. – [Jane] Michelle’s
now focused on enjoying time with her
friends, who she says, rallied around her
during treatment and helped her hold onto
her positive mindset. (upbeat music) – My support system,
they’re my friends, but I call them all
my sister friends. And I don’t know how
I would have gotten through any of
this without them. That was really a
key part for me. – [Jane] She now hopes
to do for others, what her friends did for her. Offering them her support. – I want people to know
that they are not alone in this horrible situation
that they’re faced with. There are so many things
that are out of our control and it feels horrible, so taking back a
little bit of control and enjoying things that
we love in our normal lives are ways that we can
just take steps each day to try to find something
positive in our days.

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