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Treatment started quickly after my diagnosis. I went through chemo, surgery (mastectomy) and radiation. After months of recovering from treatment, I was feeling pretty good and getting back to life as normal \u2013 or my new normal. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EIt had been just over a year since I finished treatment and all of a sudden I had a seizure at home and was rushed to the hospital. That\u2019s when they discovered the cancer had metastasized from my breast to my brain. They found two tumors. I had emergency brain surgery to remove the big one and radiation on the smaller one that remained. I had been stable since January and only recently learned that there are three new tumors in my brain and I will be having radiation to treat those. It is very scary because there is no rhyme or reason to it. I have no idea if, when, or how many of these tumors will show up in my body. I am optimistic that recent treatment will stop the new tumors from growing and hopefully I will get a break from any new ones appearing for a little while. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EThinking back to when I was first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, I thought I was going to die right away. But then slowly I started reaching out and getting more information and realized that you can live well while being terminally ill. I reached out to Rethink Breast Cancer and they connected me with other women who were diagnosed with mBC, I also joined some Facebook groups that are specific to mBC. Hearing other women\u2019s stories \u2013 that some of them are three years or four years out and are still doing OK \u2013 gave me so much hope.\u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003ETrying to explain mBC has been challenging; awareness is very low. Even the word \u2018metastatic\u2019 \u2013 no one I talked to knew what that meant. It\u2019s almost a year after my diagnosis and I still get a lot of, \u2018oh so you\u2019re OK now?\u2019, \u2018when will you finish treatment? \u2019 I will be on treatment for the rest of my life, and I just wish that new treatment options become available and I stay ok until then. I share my experience on my blog and what mBC is, but there are still so many people that don\u2019t know. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EI\u2019m very much a planner so initially I felt this immense amount of pressure to get everything in order because well you just never know. But, I\u2019d say a few months ago, there was a turning point. I don\u2019t really know what happened. I\u2019m truly just now living in the moment. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EI get scans done every two months. I think that\u2019s part of the reasons I\u2019m thinking about time differently. I don\u2019t know what\u2019s going to happen at the next scan and worrying about it won\u2019t change anything \u2013 or at least I try to tell myself that. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EMy husband has always had this living in the moment mentality, and I had always been the opposite - as clich\u00e9 as it sounds I guess opposites do attract. This kept us balanced but now I\u2019ve moved to the other side - I am living more in the moment. I really understand and appreciate how it\u2019s a nice headspace to be in. \u003C\/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EI still have those moments where I think, \u2018next year I want to do this\u2019, or \u2018can\u2019t wait until this or that event\u2019 but then I remember that I may not have that luxury of time and I truly don\u2019t know what will happen with my cancer. If it\u2019s something I can do now, I try to do it now. I can\u2019t plan for things, which is liberating, in one way, but also scary. 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