The PINK White Elephant

According to Wikipedia, “the term “white elephant” refers to an extravagant but burdensome gift which cannot be easily disposed of, supposedly after the King of Siam gifted rare albino elephants to courtiers who had displeased him, that they might be ruined by the animals’ upkeep costs.” The term is also fitting for a recent campaign . . . → Read More: The PINK White Elephant

Interview with Jen Smith of LivingLegendary.org

“Interview with Jen Smith of LivingLegendary.org.” By Lisa Bonchek Adams, LisaAdams.com.

Jen Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30. Three months after her treatment ended the cancer returned, and it had spread to other parts of her body. By age 31, Jen Smith was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, a terminal disease . . . → Read More: Interview with Jen Smith of LivingLegendary.org

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer: MBCN Responds

“Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer: MBCN Responds.” By Katherine O’Brien, MBCN Secretary, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.

Editor’s Note: Peggy Orenstein’s April 25, 2013 article–the cover story for this Sunday’ s New York Times’ Magazine, demonstrates a remarkable depth and thoughtfulness. It is long–but well-worth the effort to read. For those looking for a quick . . . → Read More: Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer: MBCN Responds

“Topsail” – New Video from Angelo Merendino

The summer before Jennifer died we spent a week at the ocean with her family. At this point Jen had been using a walker for a few months because the cancer had spread to her hip and she was having difficultly walking. Jen’s legs were getting weaker and she wasn’t sure that she would be . . . → Read More: “Topsail” – New Video from Angelo Merendino

Blogging her life with cancer

“Blogging Her Life With Cancer.” By KJ Dell’Antonia, The New York Times

When KJ Dell-Antonia called on readers to submit the blogs they loved for the Motherlode blogroll, one name came up more than any other: Lisa B. Adams. The best personal blogs come from people on a journey through something that is as intense . . . → Read More: Blogging her life with cancer

Portraits of Inspiration

The METAvivor ~ Merendino Gallery Exhibition – A photographic exhibit of women with metastatic breast cancer, also featuring the photographs of Breast Cancer Consortium member Angelo Merendino.

Angelo began documenting his wife Jen’s illness photographically shortly after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2008. It was just five months after they had gotten married that Angelo . . . → Read More: Portraits of Inspiration

Living With Stage IV Breast Cancer

“Living With Stage IV Breast Cancer.” By Algerina Perna, The Darkroom, a photography and video blog of The Baltimore Sun

In September 2012, I photographed a group of women diagnosed with terminal stage IV breast cancer: Kay Campbell, Gretchen Carlquist, Dian “CJ” Corneliussen-James, Cecilia “Cece” Curry , and Sally Ring. As I photographed these women, . . . → Read More: Living With Stage IV Breast Cancer

Research Brief --

Dr. Patricia Steeg

Patricia S. Steeg, chief of the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute, argues in Nature [2012, 485, S58a] that most people with breast cancer die as a result of metastases (spread). Clinical trials, however, are only designed to evaluate a drug’s ability to shrink established tumors rather . . . → Read More: Research Brief — “The Right Trials”

Terminal Breast Cancer Patients Do Not Hope for Cure; THey Seek to Manage Their Condition

“Terminal Breast Cancer Patients Do Not Hope for Cure; They Seek to Manage Their Condition.” By Erin Cox, Baltimore Sun

“With primary breast cancer, you get sick, you deal with it, you move on,” said Kay Campbell, 64, the group’s vice president. “With metastatic breast cancer, you get it, you’ve got it. You die.”

What . . . → Read More: Terminal Breast Cancer Patients Do Not Hope for Cure; They Seek to Manage Their Condition