Story of Hope

IMG_COM_Story-of-Hope-Jean-HollowayOct. 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. To honor that, we highlight our Director of Communications and Development’s Story of Hope.

Jean Holloway’s life changed forever when she was diagnosed with Stage IV (Metastatic) breast cancer. As part of a small statistic of the overall number of breast cancer fighters, she has learned that this group is relatively ignored in the big picture of cancer research funding efforts. She is determined to change that.

 

Cancer does not discriminate.

I was 37 years old and in the prime of my life when I was diagnosed in December 2016 with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. Since then, I have survived four months of chemotherapy and I am currently on hormone suppressants and taking a daily chemotherapy pill to target the tumors that have spread to my liver. I share this because this disease has been portrayed as something you fight and beat and then you are a part of this fun community of women that wear pink. That is simply not the case.

Each year, 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with breast cancer. 6-10% percent of these diagnoses are metastatic, or Stage IV, and approximately another 30% of breast cancer patients will develop metastatic breast cancer. 100% of those diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer will die from it. However, only 2% of breast cancer donations go to Metastatic research. Most money raised goes toward early detection and awareness. Although those two things are important, they do not save lives. The only way to survive is to raise money for research that will discover a cure for Stage IV. 113 women and men die from Metastatic Breast Cancer daily. I do not want to be a part of that statistic.

I wear a pink and purple ribbon to represent living #beyondpink and in honor of those we are losing daily to this terrible disease. My hope in wearing this ribbon is that it will spark the conversation and educate others on the importance of Metastatic Breast Cancer research.

Thank you to my PSA family and team for the hope you have given me to continue my #nonstopfight.