Opening the Metastatic Dialogue
I’m sitting here with pages 31-32 from your May/June issue (“Learning How to Live With Hope”), which I read when I was sitting through my infusion. I loved it; it was a great article on us ladies with mets (metastatic disease). It’s not often that we see articles like this where surviving isn’t the central theme. I was at the second annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Network Conference in Texas, and it was great—if only to connect with other sisters who are in the same boat. Thank you for your wonderful magazine, which I just discovered. Great articles! Please keep putting out such relevant information.
A Reader Reaches Out
I had the pleasure of being introduced to your magazine today, and I really enjoyed reading it. I’m a recent breast cancer survivor, and less than six months ago I completed all treatments, which included chemotherapy, 30 days of radiation and three surgeries, and I am now taking tamoxifen for the next five years. I plan to devote the remainder of my life (which I hope and pray will be many, many years) to working with women with breast cancer and encouraging women—especially African-American women—to take the time to get a mammogram. Last year I took $1,400 of my hard-earned money to conduct a breast cancer awareness seminar in the town where I was born and raised. It was truly a success, with 60 women in attendance, and I am often asked when I will have another seminar there. That warms my heart because I feel God is working through me to help educate others.
Dorethea “Dee” Burrell
Chemo ‘Easy’? Get Real
Shame on you, MAMM, for using Gina Maisano’s statement “Once you realize that you have to get sick in order to get better, chemotherapy is easier to take” as a major callout point in “Tales From the Chemo Front” (July/August). That may be her own opinion, but to present such an absolutist and patently incorrect statement so that it appears as “fact” strikes me as exceptionally careless and does a grave disservice to your readers.