BENEFITING: INFLAMMATORY BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Please give a $15 dollar donation in honor of the lives saved by the IBC Research Foundation. Or make a $17 dollar donation in celebration of my 17 years out from diagnosis. How about $67 dollars to celebrate my reaching old age? Multiples of 15, 17, or 67 are good too! The important thing is that many people give what they can to end IBC. The research into the basic science will help with other diseases too. The more I learn about what happens to make cells become cancer, the more convinced I am that cancer research benefits everyone. Here's my IBC story:
February 1998. This breast pain can’t be cancer. My December mammogram was fine.
March 1998. This red/purple area must be an infection. It can’t be cancer. I just had another normal mammogram
April 20, 1998. I turn 50 today, and I just found out I have inflammatory breast cancer. What the heck is that? I can’t find much info on it. Average life expectancy 18 months? Can that be right?
May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, January. Chemo, radical mastectomy, more chemo, radiation. My doctors and I are making treatment decisions with very little information because people with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) are systematically excluded from clinical trials. My doctors help me find more information. I join an on-line support group. Studies are spotty, but it looks like about 40% of IBC patients survive five years, and my doctors think adding the new chemo drug Taxol will help me survive even longer.
August 1999. The Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation becomes the first 501(c)(3) charity specifically dedicated to funding research to end IBC. With very low overhead and a wise use of donations, the organization educates women and medical professionals about IBC and funds research grants that specifically address how IBC spreads and kills. In large part because of the IBC Research Foundation, more researchers are now answering the questions about the best treatments for IBC while others are doing the basic science to find the root causes.
August 2014. The IBC Research Foundation turns 15.
April 20, 2015. I turn 67. I celebrate 17 years of life since that terrible diagnosis day. Seventeen years ago I worried that I would not live to attend Sara and Channing’s graduations. I’ve done that, danced at their weddings, and held their precious babies.
Celebrate life with me by passing it along to others with a donation to IBC Research Foundation!