Living With Breast Cancer
Metastatic Breast Cancer
METASTATIC BREAST CANCER
We understand that the needs and concerns are different for young women with metastatic breast cancer. We want you to know we’re listening.
We believe young women with breast cancer should receive the best treatment, information and support – no matter what stage of the journey.
Metastatic breast cancer is often misunderstood or silenced by those who fear it due to lack of knowledge, information and education.
Through the Metastatic Breast Cancer Program, Rethink Breast Cancer seeks to educate the metastatic community and public about the unique needs of women with metastatic disease, empower those living with the disease through helpful tools and community – empower them to have a voice, empower them to fully participate in their treatment plan, and advocate for change to important services and access to treatment.
We know knowledge is power and getting a handle on living with a metastatic diagnosis is key. The following resources are meant to give you a bit of a roadmap on how to navigate everything from telling loved-ones about your diagnosis to creating meaningful legacy projects to finding a community of support from other women going through it.
LiveLaughLearn: Young with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Watch this LiveLaughLearn video series to learn about what it’s like to live with metastatic breast cancer as a young woman. Those living with Stage IV cancer will learn tips and tricks to handle difficult conversations and situations, plan for their future, while balancing stress and anxiety.
I AM ANNA
I AM ANNA tells the insightful story of Anna Craig: a mother, wife, artist, architect and young woman living with metastatic breast cancer. The film follows Anna’s inspiring journey to create her legacy by building an addition to her house that fulfils her artistic dreams and leaves something special for her family. Through this process we also watch her help to build a support network for young metastatic women. I AM ANNA is produced by Rethink Breast Cancer.
Young + Metastatic Forum
On April 27th 2015, Rethink hosted Young + Metastatic, an evening of film and conversation. The evening included the premiere screening of I AM ANNA, a half hour documentary followed by a panel discussion to better understand the gaps that exist in the care and support of young women living with metastatic breast cancer.
We know that having a community of support it key when it comes to coping with a cancer diagnosis. In some cases, it can be very helpful to connect with someone else who is going through metastatic cancer. Peer support is a powerful tool because it can normalizes your feelings and make you feel less alienated.
Connect with other young women
Are you looking to connect with other young women living with metastatic breast cancer? Join the Rethink Young Women’s Network to stay up-to-date with our metastatic resources and get support from women in the RYWN private Facebook group.
Share Your Story
Sharing your story in our network through profiles, video and photos is a trans-formative and powerful way to understand your own experience and help others feel less isolated. Often published on “Metastatic Mondays” we feature topics like helpful advice and tips on coping with ongoing treatment to how to talk to your loved ones about your diagnosis to strategies on parenting, dating and maintaining a career with metastatic breast cancer.
Advocate and Help us set priorities!
We are advocating alongside mbc patients and their loved-ones to ensure their voices and values are considered wherever decisions about their care and treatment are being made. We believe truly effective advocacy means more than just raising an issue, publishing a report or providing one-off training sessions for individual patients to learn how to be advocates. We are running an integrated advocacy program which includes our national MBC Advisory Board, key collaborations with other groups like CANCERTIANTY COALITION and CONECTed and some passionate advocates accross the country who are concerned about mbc healthcare issues.
We have some big wins to date!
If you are interested in sharing your story publicly or being on our advocacy team please contact Shawna@rethinkbreastcancer.com.
We are working to improve the care and access to treatment for young women with metastatic breast cancer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved and share your voice.