Melanie Masterson

$2,050

Help me Turn the Page on Metastatic Breast Cancer

As all of you know I was diagnosed with Stage IV - metastatic - breast cancer in 2015. It has been a really hard five years but at the sameMore...

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Melanie's Team
Turning the Page on Cancer

Michelle Friesen $5,125.00
Vesna Zic-Côté $4,015.00
Samantha Mitchell $2,560.00
Melanie Masterson $2,050.00
Wendy Côté $1,725.00
Kat Haucke $1,626.90
Alison Gareh $1,435.00
Melanie de souza $1,200.00
Kerry Clare $1,120.00
Gina Morphy $810.00
Laura Templeton $625.00
Pam Smith $600.00
Cara Babineau $540.00
Jolyne Pepe $500.00
Emily Schaming $400.00
Jenn Thomas $400.00
Tara Patey $345.00
 

Help me Turn the Page on Metastatic Breast Cancer

As all of you know I was diagnosed with Stage IV - metastatic - breast cancer in 2015. It has been a really hard five years but at the same time it has been FIVE YEARS (almost) that I have been living with this disease. Their isn't a cure yet but I'm always hopeful that the longer I manage to stay alive the more options I have. I'm lucky that I have been one of the people who have had their disease pushed into chronic illness territory. The scary thing about this disease is that you never know what is going to happen or how you are going to feel day to day. Last year at this time I was on my second round of IV chemo (which failed to work) and could barely walk. This year I have a new hip, concrete in my spine, and am not even using a cane. I know this will change again and it is a scary thing for my beautiful husband and daughters to deal with it but we do deal with it every day. More research is needed to find, not just a cure, but more treatments to help people like me stay around and live longer.

I love this fundraiser because sitting around reading all day is something that ANYONE can do. And it is fun to see what other people are reading and eating on the day of the event. I understand that this is a tough year financially for everyone so if this isn't something you feel comfortable doing this year please don't stress about it. Even sharing this to raise awareness lets people know that metastatic breast cancer is a disease that affects so many lives. Breast Cancer is so much more than pink ribbons and new boobs but a lot of the marketing out there doesn't want to talk about the scarier side of things - nor do they want to share stories of women who don't fit their "fight and win" narrative.

Thanks for reading and please share if you are able. Your support means so much to me and my family.

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