The #ThisIsMBCPerseverance Project showcases a diverse group of 12 people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) and highlights the daily joy, difficulty, and reality of living with MBC. Each month, Perseverance will feature a new project participant with her personal story told through unique color and black-and-white photos as well as inspiring videos.
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MEET THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE
#THISISMBC PERSEVERANCE PROJECT
MEET LIZ SATTERFIELD
48 years old
Liz is an active, fun-loving wife and mom who enjoys an array of outdoor adventure activities ranging from hiking to scuba diving. Her passion for the outdoors and the support of her family have helped her to handle the emotional roller coaster of living with MBC. "Emotionally, you’ve got to be prepared for the highs and lows... I can look for things that bring me joy... bring me energy and make me feel good."
Ashley is a vivacious and upbeat mother and military wife who loves to paint, roller skate, and volunteer in her community. She believes it's important for women of color with MBC to share their story: "You never know when your story's going to help somebody else."
Jan is a friendly, engaging 68-year-old retired teacher who loves gardening, trying new recipes, and having her grandkids come to visit. Jan has had metastatic breast cancer (MBC) for several years, and in that time she has grown closer to her daughter, her friends, and her faith. Jan says she wants to "try to be a giver."
Jess is a spirited nature-lover who lives on a large family farm with her husband and dogs. As a young woman with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), Jess saw the road ahead abruptly change from one with children and a career to one with lifelong challenges. She has gracefully adapted to her new normal, and credits her type A, competitive personality with helping her get so far in her MBC journey, which includes advocating for MBC research funding.
Chawnte, who was a mother, US Army veteran, and MBC advocate, recently passed away at age 43. She was a self-proclaimed nerd who loved sci-fi and romance novels, live music, and going to the gym. In an interview before she died, she said, "I don't want to walk around with doom and gloom with the expectation of my passing. I want to live life to its fullest every day, show no fear, and never give up."
Carletha, who loves butterflies, Hello Kitty, and spoiling her nieces and nephews, describes herself as “assertive, very outspoken, and very courageous.” Carletha is adamant about advocating for herself during her treatment, and encourages other women to do the same: "…it's very, very important for other women to understand that you need to create a dialogue, write notes down, email yourself notes, write information down the day before you visit your doctor with questions.”