philadelphia story

A new chapter in Metastatic Breast Cancer history. Share with your oncologist and everyone you know. Thank you, Jennie! We are with you all the way.

putting the grrrrr in Grimes


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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2 Responses to philadelphia story

  1. annmherlihy says:

    What a beautifully written piece. 108 each day dying from metastatic breast cancer. So sobering. So scary. Thank you for writing this. I am tearful just reading it. As a person who participated in the “die in” I will never forget how profound it was.

  2. Wayne Christian says:

    Did not know that statistic. It is definitely an eye opening story. I have been aware of the tragedy that it causes, and the many women that die from it, but did not know “that many” women died from it each year. I thank my friend Barry for posting this, and shedding light on this very real killing disease that there is NO CURE for.

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