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 JESS BEARD
29 years old
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.”