Nicole Dubois

First post: Nov 16, 2022 Latest post: Nov 25, 2022
A little over three years ago, I shared that I had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.   For those of you who follow my educational posts about this type of cancer, you know that metastatic breast cancer is also called stage 4 breast cancer and it means the cancer has metastasized, or traveled, through the bloodstream to create tumors in the liver, lungs, brain, bones and/or other parts of the body.

Between 20 and 30 percent of women with early stage breast cancer go on to develop metastatic disease. While treatable, metastatic breast cancer (MBC) cannot be cured. The five-year survival rate for stage 4 breast cancer is 22 percent; median survival is three years. Annually, the disease takes 40,000 lives.

In February of 2022, I was told that the cancer has metastasized further and that my liver was failing. I was told that I had months – not years – left and it was recommended that I stop working.  I stopped working on March 4th, and concentrated on building more memories with my children.

During that time we tried two more chemotherapy agents.  The first failed miserably.  The second looked to be working, but in mid- to- late – September it was confirmed that the cancer had further spread.

The cancer is now in my brain, pleural lining of my lung, bones, breast, and liver.

Any further chemotherapy would be unlikely to be helpful and would, in fact, likely, harm my liver.  I have developed jaundice and cachexia; and I am severely fatigued.

This website will help keep you informed in the next few weeks and will be the best source of health information.

I love you all and wish I could see and hug each one of you.  

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