Valerie, 41

Patient Info Breast Cancer

I was diagnosed with advanced late stage 4 metastatic breast cancer at 38 years old. I had metastatic rumors in my bones, lungs, and ovaries. I previously had been successfully treated for stage 2 breast cancer at age 27 years with a mastectomy, chemo, and tamoxifen for 3 years after treatment.
Luckily, I was able to conceive 2 baby girls after treatment. Like every mom, they are my pride and joy. I hate to think that I will have to leave them early because of this disease. I enjoy playing with my girls and taking them to parks, after-school activities and teaching them to cook. I sometimes try and teach them all the life lessons at once but have to remind myself to slow down and live in the present. I try to take advance of the days when I feel good and move around, spend time with family and friends. On days that I need rest, I try and find a good tv series to distract me.
I find my support group for metastatic patients helpful in keeping me sane and appreciate their advice, sympathy, and support.
My girls love crafting so I have learned to craft, use a glue gun and have tons of recycled material and cloth that we make Barbie houses, furniture and accessories with. This year, we have joined cheerleading and I volunteer. We all enjoy learning this new skill together. (I don’t actually do the cheerleading)