A few weeks ago in a BCSM chat the topic was what “three words” would you use for your 2014 mantra? I’ve been thinking about it a lot. This is the year to really press forward. Last year was baby steps. I didn’t even know if I wanted to be an activist but after all we have accomplished, I’m ready. My words are:
Action: I’m going to be actively working on the site (as always) but more than that I am going to actively work on getting metaplastic breast cancer noticed in the medical and breast cancer communities. I’m going to be reaching out to doctors and researchers and asking for help. I’m going to be offering support to both patients and caregivers. I am going to continue to build that community so that I can bring a larger group of patients to the doorsteps of researchers and in turn bring the expertise of the research community to the women affected by MpBC.
Commitment: This isn’t my day job but it’s certainly my night job. I won’t be discouraged when doctors don’t respond. I won’t be discouraged when I can’t reach every patient. I’ll be sad at every lost life and swear each time that I’ll keep writing those letters, reading those studies and supporting the women who need it whenever I find them. One day, I may join a bowling team, but that day is not today. Today, I’m working for the women like me who have fought metaplastic breast cancer.
Determination: I am determined to make a difference. I expect challenges. I expect set backs. I expect to persevere. I expect to ROAR!
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar