Send us your story: the good, the bad and the ugly

A few weeks ago, I met an energetic, adventurous and determined older woman with metastatic breast cancer.  After exchanging pleasantries and our cancer “stats”, I suggested to her that she write her story for our website.  She kindly, but assertively, commented that she wasn’t sure that she wanted to write the kind of “positive” story that she thought we would expect.

She went on to talk about the struggle to deal with difficult and cumbersome side effects and the unrelenting stress of living with uncertainty.  This woman also spoke about the adventures that she was engaging in and the importance of these ventures in keeping her focused on moving forward.

We all know that dealing with mbc is complex, gritty, and at times, very unpleasant.  I invite you to share your story with us – even those parts of your experience that are more painful.  Do not feel that your story must only be positive.  MBCN is committed to raising awareness and this means that we are open to and desiring of stories that reflect all aspects of what it is like to live with mbc.

My best,


2 Responses to Send us your story: the good, the bad and the ugly

  1. katherinembc says:

    Reblogged this on ihatebreastcancer and commented:
    Do you have a metastatic breast cancer story to share? As Joani notes, your story is your story. It doesn’t have to be an “Up With People Story.” You can be like Aaron Neville and Tell It Like it Is…
    See for more details…

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