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Stage IV Cancer: How Do You Cope?

debbiecornwallby Deborah Cornwall, Author

 

When diagnosed with cancer, you hope for a boring, run-of-the-mill, highly curable one. Yet many diagnoses pose both scientific mysteries for clinicians and personal terror for their patients.

 

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is one such devastating form of cancer. It develops fast in the lymphatic system (a vital part of the immune system), usually manifesting in the form of breast skin thickening and dimpling, red hot inflammation, and dramatic swelling. Typically there’s no discrete lump and no means of detection until these physical indicators of a Stage III (metastatic) or IV (terminal) diagnosis.

 

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October Series: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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“Hey, Pink Ribbons: You Missed This One!”

by Deborah J. Cornwall, Author

Barbara Popoli is beautiful. Her big blue eyes captivate your attention when she talks, and they sparkle when she laughs. She’s articulate and well-educated, driven but empathetic, and a talented business executive who was on the fast track toward corporate stardom. At age 42, she had career success, a handsome and supportive husband, and a loving circle of family and friends so strong that any observer might say she “had it all.”

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