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Helen Faith Black
Aug 7, 2017 Latest post:
Sep 10, 2018
My story is that I am a very proud mom of 9 amazing children & 3 son in-laws and have been married to my husband for 31 years. I am an advocate for people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. I enjoy everything about life and look forward to as many years my heavenly father will bless me with. On March 30th my life changed forever after being diagnosed with De Novo Metastatic Breast Cancer. De Novo means, starting from the beginning and Metastatic means the cancer is Stage IV because it has spread and in my case the cancer had spread to the Plural of my left lung. Average life expectancy with Metastatic Breast Cancer average is about 2 years according to some of the sites on google, but about 15 percent of women with MBC live five or more years and some live 10-20 years (poor data collection for MBC, so numbers are subjective). There are lots of factors that make a difference in prognosis, overall health, type of breast cancer (there are many different types of breast cancer) life style and medical treatments. The cancer in my body is Estrogen positive, HER2 negative and I have 7 tumors, which is considered a low tumor burden, so many things are in my favor for a person with MBC. Since my diagnoses I have changed my diet to eating only fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, so I avoid sugars, processed foods, red meats in modest servings only a few times a month and drink 3 or so veggie/fruit smoothies a day. My goal with this site is to share openly about my journey as a survivor, with hopes to keep my loved ones informed, as well as share information openly, with hopes of helping others. My family and I believe in God and the power of prayers, so please hold myself and family in your prayers or good thoughts. Please take time to comment or ask questions.