Today, 3/3/16, is Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) Day. From my initial diagnosis, all I knew was I had breast cancer. In the days to follow, there would be countless tests to determine the kind of cancer and my prognosis. It was a fearful time for me because of the unknown. I breathed a sigh of relief when my Oncologist informed me almost a week later that I had something called Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
“Whew, thank goodness! It’s about time I received a negative test result. Three negatives is good right?”
With arms prematurely outstretched in victory, there I sat on the exam table cheering on the basketball court of life showboating in the glory of my slam dunk in the last seconds of the game when all of a sudden the opposing team managed to sink a ball into the basket from the free throw line.
His face remained extremely serious and I quickly realized I was celebrating the wrong thing.
“Triple Negative is an aggressive form of breast cancer that has limited chemotherapy treatment options, isn’t treatable with hormonal therapies, has a higher mortality rate and has a higher chance of recurrence within the first five years.” (INSERT KICK IN THE GUT MOMENT HERE) “It’s highly treatable and you will be monitored closely,” he went on to explain.
My husband immediately started to research this type of cancer. “Promise me you will never look TNBC up on the internet,” he warned. “Let me be your filter. There is too much information out there for you to digest right now.”
That was perhaps the best thing I could have done for myself at that time. That was over 3 years ago and I remain in remission. So insead of telling you what TNBC is, I would much rather dedicate today’s post to telling you about the WHO behind TNBC.
WHO is TNBC?
We are a pink sister “sorority” of wives, mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers forever linked by an aggressive form of breast cancer.
To be a part of this group, there is no real rhyme or reason because the cause is unkown. We are not an age or a race because despite what the statistics may say from where I’ve been, what I’ve seen and the beautiful women I have met it seems TNBC does not “pick a team” nor does it discriminate.
WE are Love
WE are Loved
WE are Warriors
WE are Strong
WE Fight Back
WE are Strength
WE are Fierce
WE are Fabulous
And most of all WE STAND TOGETHER!
Dedicated to the Angels who watch over us and the ones who remain with us…