My passion for sharing
information about what I have learned from my experience
with breast cancer started the day I was diagnosed in 2004
and will likely continue until my last breath and beyond.
Though I was treated aggressively for my estrogen positive
breast cancer, it came back after 7 years and is now
metastatic (incurable/terminal) to my skin and lungs.
My official campaign for reaching a million women (secretly 100 million) about breast density began in the summer of 2005, speaking, writing, and then launching this website in early 2006. No one was talking about it and I didn't understand why. I interviewed top experts in the field from the moment of my diagnosis and continued until I realized that the information I was getting was not being shared with women, nor was it deemed important for them to know, even though my experience was that women were hungry for it. And so began my quest and passion for sharing this knowledge. Though I passed the torch on to those that took legislative action and have continued the quest in greater depth, Know Your Density was the first website dedicated solely to education and awareness around breast density and early detection of breast cancer. I spent many years supporting healthy survivorship, creating a program for coaching survivors, Healthy and Fit After Cancer, and co-publishing the first research to show benefit.
Learn what you need to know about breast density and early detection of breast cancer by reading What I wish I knew and the Q & A pages of this website. If you want further information, providers and patients can find more in depth information at www.densebreast-info.org
My passion and hope is that no one ever finds themselves in my shoes. Understanding your body and being knowledgable can give you an advantage that may save your life.
An acronym for taking action: SCRAM exams, and being FEISTY©
I was asked to write "101 Things You Should Know About Breast Cancer" which covers information about risk, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, strategies for optimal well-being during and after treatment, and how to support those going through treatment, including what to say and do. Feedback from readers and experts have consistently shared that it has been an invaluable resource for them, regardless of cancer status.
A special thanks to Wendie Berg, MD, PhD, FACR, Professor of Radiology, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, for reviewing the material presented for content and accuracy.
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