About the project

FearLESS, a new initiative of the #ThisIsMBC campaign, showcases a diverse group of 10 participants with an MBC diagnosis who are living FearLESSly through friendship, community and living life each day with meaning. The project features stunning, colorful images set against desert backdrop and video content to evoke emotion and promote open dialogue, public awareness, understanding, and acceptance of MBC.

To make a donation to MBC research and support those living with MBC, please visit METAvivor contributions and fill out a form. Each participant who donates $20 or more can receive a complimentary #ThisIsMBC fearLESS phone sling.

MEET THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE #THISISMBC fearLESS PROJECT

MEET FUA

Fua

35 years old

California

Fua, originally from American Samoa, is a 35-year-old who lives in California with her husband and daughter. Family is a vital part of who she is and what makes her happy, and her main support in times of need. The prospect of not being able to have her own large family, as she and her husband had planned, has been heartbreaking. She felt like she was just getting started with life when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) a year ago, at age 34. Fua’s community is important to her, and she believes that sharing a cultural connection can help people living with MBC. "I don’t see too many women like me on a platform that’s out there nationwide for people to see." She welcomes the chance to tell her story and potentially reach someone who might otherwise be feeling alone.

Learn more about Fua's story here.

MEET LESLEY

Lesley

56 years old

Oregon

Lesley is a 56-year-old who is originally from Hawaii, but currently lives in southern Oregon. She has 3 grown children and loves animals, being active outdoors, and creating art in her studio. After her diagnosis with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), Lesley reflected on what she truly wants from life and set out to achieve it. While the first year after being diagnosed with MBC was rough, she continues to move forward. “I don’t live in my disease. I live with my disease. And that’s very important to me. And I want to share that with people. It doesn’t need to consume your life.” Lesley’s commitment to advocacy led her to found PROJECT LIFE, a virtual wellness house for people living with MBC. “We’re really building a community for people to feel that they belong. That this is a place for them, that they can just be themselves.”

Learn more about Lesley here.

MEET JEN

Jen

49 years old

California

Jen is a 49-year-old who lives with her family. She loves nature, outdoor sports, travel, and live music. Jen faced some difficult challenges and setbacks relating to treatment and surgery for metastatic breast cancer (MBC). But she’s found a way to accept what happened and to focus on living her life. Jen’s faith, her family, and being active help her through challenging times. “My one message that I would share is the life model that cancer gave me, and that’s living life in color, because life’s too short to be stuck in a gray moment. It’s all about learning to enjoy the moments, live the life, have the good time, make the memories.”

Learn more about Jen here.

MEET MICHELLE

Michelle

50 years old

Texas

Michelle is a 50-year-old who is devoted to her children and grandchildren. She loves music, dance, car racing, and adventure. Michelle was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) de novo; she’d had no prior diagnosis of early-stage breast cancer and didn’t know what MBC was. She had just changed jobs and was without insurance when the diagnosis was made—and her world was turned upside down. Because of those experiences, she wants to share her story to encourage and advocate for others facing similar situations, as well as educate the wider community about MBC. “FearLESS to me is finding the joy in the darkness. Being that shining light and showing others in our situation that it is scary and it’s a dark world, but we can make it brighter. We can thrive, and we can do this together.”

Learn more about Michelle here.

MEET ROBIN

Robin

43 years old

Georgia

Robin is a 43-year-old who has worked with children with special needs and children in foster care, and lives with her son. She loves the ocean and enjoys interior design and fashion. Robin’s empathetic and giving nature enables her to support and encourage others, but since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), she’s taking more time to focus on her own needs as well — at a point in her life when she was ready to make a fresh start. The diagnosis came as a shock and was devastating. But, determined to get back up, Robin has found the strength to take time for herself and achieve some of her life goals. “The things that keep me going are just my resilience. I’ve never given up. So I’m like, I can make it through this.”

Learn more about Robin here.

MEET SHEILA

Sheila

50 years old

Puerto Rico

Sheila is a 50-year-old from Puerto Rico who works as a project manager and is devoted to her husband and two grown children. She loves reading, spending time with friends, being outdoors, and volunteering her time and talents to give back to others. Having been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), Sheila had to learn a lot and now wants to help educate the wider community about MBC and what it means for those who are living with it. When she was first diagnosed, Sheila hadn’t yet sought out other people with MBC. But once she did, she found that it made a real difference to her well-being to be able to share experiences with others who truly understand and to talk about difficult topics openly and honestly. “It’s just a great community to have.”

Learn more about Sheila here.

MEET EARLENE

Earlene

56 years old

Nevada

Earlene is a cheerful 56-year-old who loves singing, meeting people, traveling, and gaining new experiences. Since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), she is as determined as ever to relish life and all the joy it can bring, and to help others do the same. For Earlene, moving forward and living fearLESS with MBC was a simple decision. While acknowledging that there are hard times, she focuses on the joys and the blessings that she finds in life each day. "I’ll take every day one day at a time and live it to the fullest."

Learn more about Earlene here.

MEET CAROLINE

Caroline

57 years old

Pennsylvania

Caroline is a former oncology nurse who lives in Philadelphia with her family. Unfortunately, because of the impact metastatic breast cancer (MBC) has had on her health, Caroline had to give up her career in nursing that she loved. But her compassion carries over into caring for others in her community and using her voice to advocate for people living with MBC. "What brings me the most joy is helping other people. So I'm hoping that this project can be helpful to other people. And I feel that as an oncology nurse with MBC, I may have a unique way of helping my local women."

Learn more about Caroline here.