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I belong to a special support group. We meet weekly to share stories of our treatments and \u003Cnobr\u003Eside-effects,\u003C\/nobr\u003E but we also talk about our lives. But since I joined 4 years ago, 13 of my friends from this group have died. That\u2019s why I now feel the need to speak out in their memory and advocate for more research. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EI was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer 12 years ago. I had surgery, did 6 months of chemotherapy and then hormonal treatment. But at the 5 year mark I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer; tumours had spread to my lungs. I\u2019m on my fifth course of treatment now. My first one lasted 2 years. The next one lasted a year and a half. The third a year. The next one only 7 months. The one I\u2019m on now has lasted 13 months.\u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003ERight now I fly to Boston every month to be in a clinical trial. I live in Calgary so it\u2019s a long trip. I started looking for clinical trials 3 years ago. The cancer had progressed twice and I knew I wanted to figure out what new research was being done because\u2026well, we were running out of options. My search became my full time \u003Cnobr\u003Ejob \u2013 I\u003C\/nobr\u003E built spreadsheets, listened to webcasts and read research papers.\u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EClearly my first choice would have been a clinical trial close to home, but there was nothing in Calgary. What I didn\u2019t know about clinical trials is they often exclude heavily pretreated people. So if you\u2019ve had previous courses of treatments, it can be hard to get into a trial. Nobody told me that at the beginning. But I was \u003Cnobr\u003Elucky \u2013 last\u003C\/nobr\u003E year I saw a post on a discussion board about this trial in Boston.\u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EAll people hear about breast cancer is about \u003Cnobr\u003Emammograms \u2013 \u2018oh,\u003C\/nobr\u003E if I have a mammogram I\u2019ll be cured of cancer.\u2019 That\u2019s the kind of the message they hear. What they don\u2019t hear is that one of the real reasons women are living longer with cancer is because of the new drugs that have come up in the last 15\u201320 years. They don\u2019t hear that early detection can only do so much. For the unlucky, cancer can return years later \u2013 5 years later, 7 years later, 10 years \u003Cnobr\u003Elater \u2013 and\u003C\/nobr\u003E the doctors and researchers don\u2019t know why. I had a very small tumour. They took it out, I did all the treatments and it still came back. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EThere\u2019s a very insightful analogy I read somewhere that sums up the way we ignore metastatic disease: imagine someone is drowning in a pool and the rescuers come and start teaching the people on the deck how to swim. 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