My guest on this episode is Rachel Mehl. She was first diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in February 2016, followed by a recurrence of not only ductal carcinoma but also a rare form of breast cancer, metaplastic breast cancer. Rachel was then diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in her lung. We talked about her diagnoses, course of treatment, and the decision she made to create her own healing path.
This is a reshare of the previous episode with Sonya Negley, Executive Director of METAvivor. Sonya talked about the mission of METAvivor and the importance of supporting research for stage IV breast cancer. She shared the different programs available through the organization, such as the peer to peer support group and Sea to Sea for MBC. Sonya also talked about different fundraising events and how you can get involved.
This week, I am resharing the episode with Elizabeth Cluff, founder of Impact One Breast Cancer Foundation. She talked about her personal journey through breast cancer in 2007, which provided the inspiration for the non-profit. As Elizabeth thought about her support system, she was haunted and heartbroken over the women going through breast cancer that didn’t have a good support system. She wanted to send them a shipment of love and include vital items for their journey through breast cancer.
Janet Lindell, a fellow Edinboro University alumnus, joined me on this week’s episode to share her story behind the pink ribbon. She was diagnosed with stage 3C, infiltrating ductal carcinoma in November 2010 at the age of 35. Janet shared how she found the cancer, her course of treatment following her initial diagnosis, getting the news that the cancer had spread to her bones and now her liver, going through years of endless treatments, and living with metastatic breast cancer.
Kim Schunn is my guest on this episode. She was diagnosed in 2016 at the age of 45 with stage 3B inflammatory breast cancer. Kim talked about her course of treatments, as well as the complications from her treatments, and being diagnosed with stage 4. Kim shared her experience of finding her passion in fly fishing during a retreat with casting for recovery and how she uses it not only to support her own well-being but sharing it with others to help them through a trying time. Fly fishing is a way for Kim to remember to live in the moment.