Vicky C. Francisco

The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham


My hope is that it may open the eyes of both breast cancer “survivors”, physicians, and drug companies to the needs of women like myself.

I have every faith in my doctors. My attitude, friends and family prove to me that I am going to survive this.

I have always been a positive person who chooses to see the sun rather than the clouds. The same is true, even now.


I have every faith in my doctors. My attitude, friends and family prove to me that I am going to survive this. It is not curable, but I know I have a chronic disease that, like any other chronic disease, is a lifetime of strength, attitude and support.


I have always been a positive person who chooses to see the sun rather than the clouds. The same is true, even now. I use every breath I have to enjoy my life, my husband and my kids and to spread awareness about MBC.


My hope is that it may open the eyes of both breast cancer "survivors", physicians, and drug companies to the needs of women like myself.


I accept that I can’t wish or medicate myself into a life without cancer and I have made peace with this reality. It isn’t the life I would have picked for myself, but it’s my life and I’m going to devote every last breath to changing the world for MBC patients and their families.

Deb Ragosta

After my initial inclination to feel sorry for myself and give up any hope of being able to live long enough to do things many of us take for granted ­ like dance at my daughter’s wedding, I decided that in order to help myself, I needed to help others.


It's about moments. It's all about Bonus Time, and I'm carping the hell out of each diem.


I have had stage 4 breast cancer since 2012, but I have lived with breast cancer for almost 21 years.

Heidi Gutierrez

None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, so why not soak up every moment we can with the ones we love?


I am determined to live my life and enjoy my handsome, hilarious husband and my 3 beautifully wild children. I laugh loudly, smile often and look absolutely fabulous while doing it.

Lisa Adams Thompson

The hushed, dying voices of those now stage 4, ruining the party, knowing the reality, not everyone is saved.


MBC needs more support, definitely more funding and public awareness is all needed to end the 40,000 deaths each year.

I live my life each day with purpose, enjoying everything life has to offer.

Kelly Shanahan

Now that my time is limited, I appreciate it more. I may have an appointment, but when the sun is sparkling on the lake, I have time to pull over to take a picture or just soak in the view.


I may get a break now and then when cancer is under control, but it is unlikely as cancer is a cunning devil and always seems to figure out a way to get around the latest treatment after 6 weeks or so of each drug.


It was a long journey for me before I was able to make peace with my diagnosis and find the strength and courage to live again.


Those of us facing MBC should be the VERY HEART of the pinkness. We should be the deepest, most brilliant pink of all and feel that the pink movement is working to save our life.


Let's continue to lift each other up, let the world hear our voices and know that we matter, our families matter and we want to be here with them.


I didn't know....when I assured my children in 2009 that breast cancer 'Is Not The Death Sentence It Once Was', that it was a lie.

Judit Saunders

Time is no longer viewed as "next month," "next year," "when I retire," but rather minute by minute, hour by hour."


It's about time to ICE the cure for metastatic breast cancer once and for all.

Krista Curley

It's about time metastatic had it!!! Education, funding and awareness.


We need our hope renewed. I need to stop having to say goodbye to so many sweet metasisters.


I would like to see more education regarding the difference between funding for MBC and non-metastatic breast cancer.

Joyce Judy

I'd like MBC patients to have access to drugs in early testing if they so choose.

I thought I would one day be able to say, "I beat cancer."


Sometimes, I still cannot believe that I even had mets and it was in my lungs. So I just do what was, and still is, making me happy


Our hope is that research with immunotherapy will be successful, and the knowledge learned from Fay's journey may help others.

Constance Baker

I am currently living with metastatic breast cancer, but more importantly, I am a Mom fighting for more time with my son & loving husband.

Anna Renault

I am currently living with metastatic breast cancer, but more importantly, I am a Mom fighting for more time with my son & loving husband.

Janet Oney

To all the ones who have died with this horrible disease: I pray you haven't died in vain, that money and research will find a cure. I pray your daughters and sons and grandchildren will not have to face this in their lifetime and that a cure will be found.


The best way to live with this disease is to try to do the things that you're passionate about while you can, the things that keep that fire inside you lit.

I started Twisted Pink in 2014 - I wanted to do something for the men and women who were being left behind the pink ribbon, which has become a symbol for awareness & a cure!

Carol Chaoui

I think "Pinktober" is difficult for patients living with Stage IV breast cancer. We feel left out of the movement and our voices are important.

Sharon Jensen

My humble opinion is the "Pink Ribbon" campaign to make women aware of breast cancer and the annual mammograms has reached its goal and their funding and donations should be turned over to MBC for research.

Janice Connolly Laubenstein

I will continue to help with this fight! Not only because of my sister, but for her daughter, and for families, friends, & even strangers who are all connected because of this disease.


I feel a continued drive to fund metastatic research will hopefully change the outcome of my friends from dying from complications of breast cancer.


I'm sure there are thousands of women like myself, that have to do whatever it takes to support their families because there's no support system otherwise. We are in an unending fight for our lives.


I watched my maternal grandmother fight cancer for 20 years as she raised me. I figured that at some point I, too, would end up fighting that fight, but I never realized how soon it would be or that I would be fighting metastatic cancer.


It's About Time MBC patients have viable, long-term treatment options that allow us to live WELL with MBC and watch our children grow.


Research is what may possibly save me from dying of this disease, not awareness.

Vickie Young Wen

I am desperate to live. I do not want to die. And so I press on, one day at a time. There's so much I do not understand and that gives a sense of desperation as well.

Maura Bivens

So much of Hunter’s childhood I have spent sad, nostalgic, and even frantic at times. In one way I have treasured every minute with him and tried to squeeze out every drop life has to offer, but in another way there have been wasted moments in sadness.


The true battle is not letting the cancer change who you are and not letting it terrorize you by occupying your every thought.


We don't cross the pink ribbon cancer finish line. Our experience with cancer ends with our death.


Time is something that goes by mostly unnoticed until you get a terminal diagnosis.

Katherine M. O'Brien

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I would encourage everyone to try to enjoy every single day. Life is so precious, so do not waste too much time feeling sorry for yourself. There really are so many things one can find to be thankful for.

Stage IV breast cancer is chronic, progressive and ultimately fatal. It's about time we change that!


I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer on New Year’s Day 2016. I felt like the universe was playing a joke on me. As a Registered Dietitian, I counseled people on making healthy food and life-style choices. How ironic that practicing what I preached failed to protect me from stage 4 cancer.

I mean, I thought breast cancer meant in my breast. I was quickly educated on how little I actually knew about Breast Cancer.

What I have learned is that my cancer brings out the very best in people. People want to connect and be in communion with me.

There are so many of us working so hard to be "thrivers". We have had a crash course in living in the present.

Time is shortened now, by doctor appointments, scans, fatigue and sometimes sadness, but I still have all the same things to accomplish and more.


Even with a rigorous schedule of treatments, scans, medications, and various doctors’ appointments, I have been able to maintain my lifestyle as a single, New York City gal...I have been able to find a new kind of normal.


The most important thing I've learned from this experience with cancer is that it has brought my awareness of my own mortality to the front. I've learned to live in the here-and-now.

Tanya Anderson

Love your family and friends, let them help when they want, do what you can when you can. Cry and mourn. Then get up, laugh and enjoy what you do have. Someday, they will conquer this. Maybe my son and daughter will see a major breakthrough in their lifetimes.


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It's time for our society to start taking this disease seriously.


It's About Time we had more research and funding and finally a cure for all breast cancer.


It's About Time we hold Breast Cancer Orgs accountable for putting out false information.

marie demian

It's About Time we had more funding for people with metastatic breast cancer.


It's about time we stop focusing on treatments that make metastatic breast cancer "bearable."

Jacqueline "Sandy" Sheppard (by Valerie Smith, mother)

It's about time for all to realize that approximately 20-30% of all breast cancer cases will...

Kristi Stone

It's about time we have more research funding for deadly metastatic breast cancer!

Joyce Judy

It's About Time we make this high visibility with funding going to research and human testing.


Please support more research focused specifically on metastatic cancer. If we don't understand how to help people whose cancer has metastasized we won't be able to understand how to prevent it.


It's About Time that the research and funding is tailored towards those individuals living with MBC (Metastatic Breast Cancer).


It's About Time METASTATIC ≠ DEAD.


It’s About Time we include people with metastatic cancer in our support networks for everyday living. People with metastatic breast cancer are living. We can’t write them off. We need to make sure they have the complete support resources they need for living everyday to the fullest, for the good days and the bad days. […]

Beth Caldwell

It's About Time that we adequately funded metastatic research, across organs of origin. I'd like to see my youngest child start kindergarten, and the only thing that can make that dream a reality is metastatic research.


I was diagnosed in 2012. It is about time we spend at least 30% of research dollars on mbc Facebook Comments


It's About Time we put priority on funding for metastatic breast cancer research.


It's about time OUR VOICES ARE HEARD! We need more awareness on funding, research and support.


Its about time we find a cure so that we can save our future family members.


It's about time we all started demanding more. Those living with metastatic breast cancer deserve more years (with a decent quality of life) with their loved ones, not just months.


Without a cure for metastatic breast cancer, we don't have a cure for breast cancer.


It's About Time more funding is dedicated to research the only Breast Cancer that kills


It's About Time more money was spent on research for a cure.

It's About Time we put priority on funding for metastatic breast cancer research.


It's About Time that more money, research and awareness go towards finding a cure for MBC.


It’s about time that we had serious funding for metastatic breast cancer research, so that patients at all stages, and their families, don’t live in constant fear.

Personally, I feel the parties of Pinktober leave out those patients struggling with stage 4. We can’t ignore them. They also leave out patients like me who don’t feel like celebrating.

I just want to be here as long as I can for my family. So, I'm going to keep trying. Keep fighting as long as I can. I know I probably can't win this fight, but I will defy it.

Diagnosed at 23, breast cancer wasn't what I bargained for. I endured all forms of painful treatment. It seemed like everything was going well. I was given the all clear sign. Life was normal again until...

In June 2015, my 43-year old friend Linda Sousa, who did all the right things and more after her early stage diagnosis in 2012, learned that her cancer had metastasized to her bones, lungs, and brain.

MBC doesn't have a happy ending for most, but the ending is just a small faction of the living in between. I still firmly believe that I can write my own story and at every opportunity, I'm living my BEST life, MBC or not.

Only honest conversations about the nature of cancer will move dollars into the more complicated realm of research that aims to figure out how to control cancerous diseases.

I fight against the false perception of awareness, I fight for funding, I fight for that chance of a Hail Mary pass that will win this thing, for that cure that will let me live.

Although I would never say that cancer is a gift, I can appreciate that through my diagnosis, I have been given a greater awareness of how short time is on this Earth.

Although I am the Big C patient, I am blessed to have so many family members, friends, acquaintances and even strangers supporting me.

A metastatic breast cancer diagnosis basically means you're fighting to live. Although tomorrow isn't promised to anyone, metastatic breast cancer makes you actually realize that and remember it every second of everyday.

I can't let metastatic breast cancer dictate my enjoyment or lack of enjoyment of life. I am determined to enjoy my life, whether it be 3 years, 5 years, or 20 years! Worrying about tomorrow robs me of today.

I spent my 65th birthday in surgery and really never thought I would see my 78th birthday, coming up in January. Everyday is a gift and I am so grateful for everything I have.

The more people who are educated beyond 'awareness', beyond pink ribbons and beyond the false information, the more change is likely.

There was never a time when Sandy was hopeless. She was always faithful and encouraging others.

I cannot be afraid to say there is another side of breast cancer that cannot be summed up in a walk or an 'I Support Breast Cancer' key chain. Let’s have the hard conversation of what breast cancer can be.

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