Kudos to the young people at LBBC’s Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference for organizing a strong visual to illustrate that 108 US people continue to die from Stage IV breast cancer every day. My MBCN friends are in the photo towards the end of the blog–there are 108 people in that photo.
The terrors of the early AIDS epidemic. The unknowing. The limited treatments. Inadequate funding. Living within a limited timeline. Dying before your time. All while watching your friends around you die, from the very disease that you fight. With over 40,000 deaths a year during the height of the AIDS epidemic, these numbers startled the country. Shook us to our core and demanded that we all do more.
Eerily, the same thing is still happening today. At the same rate, with over 40,000 women dying of metastatic breast cancer (stage IV) each year—averaging 108 deaths a day. Again, 108 women, just like me are dying every. single. day.
I was again reminded of this disheartening statistic by researchers as I attended Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)’s yearly Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference in Philadelphia this past weekend. An event that took every bit of my strength, as it is tough to do…
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