Anette found out over Christmas that she has stage 3C Triple Negative Breast Cancer. She started chemotherapy treatment on 1/16/20, and she needs her friends more than ever
Anette is an adventurous, world traveling, loving and kind soul. She loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker. She also loves to ski and scuba dive.
She is a dual Swedish/American citizen, living in San Diego, CA for many years now.
She was unfortunately laid off from her job working in Human Resources this past summer. While un-employed, without having medical insurance, she discovered a lump in her breast. The lump grew very quickly and she struggled getting the medical attention she needed since she didn't have health insurance. She had a lot of pain and worry with many sleepless nights, and when she finally got the care she needed it was confirmed that she has breast cancer and needed immediately treatment. Anette is now getting aggressive chemotherapy treatment at UCSD La Jolla hospital. The chemo treatment is making her very sick.
Triple Negative breast cancer is a very aggressive form of breast cancer. The tumor grew very quickly and spread to her lymph nodes. The tumor is so large that at this point they can't just remove it. The doctors will try to shrink the tumor with chemotherapy, which will later be followed by a mastectomy and radiation, and later reconstructive surgery. Anette has a year long road to recovery ahead of her. This is also Anette’s second time with breast cancer. She had been cancer free for 11 years when she got her new diagnosis.
This is an extremely challenging time for Anette, not only because of her cancer diagnosis, but also financially, since she is unemployed. Anette was able to purchase private health insurance, but it’s very expensive. With no income and too sick to be able to work she is not able to afford all these expenses on her own. She doesn't have any family nearby (her family lives in Sweden) and she is single.
Anette would never ask for this herself, but she needs all the help she can get. If you can, please donate to help her pay for her living and medical expenses.
If you can't donate, please check in with her, bring her a meal, invite her over for dinner, offer to help take her to and from medical appointments, or just give her a hug. She will be getting chemo every 2 weeks for 6 months, until she has surgery.
Please help this incredible woman keep her spirit up, while she is fighting, and beating this awful disease.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND PLEASE KEEP ANETTE IN YOUR PRAYERS!!
Triple-negative breast cancer is typically treated with a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
* Triple-negative breast cancer is considered to be more aggressive and have a poorer prognosis than other types of breast cancer, mainly because there are fewer targeted medicines that treat triple-negative breast cancer. Studies have shown that triple-negative breast cancer is more likely to spread beyond the breast and more likely to recur (come back) after treatment.
* It tends to be higher grade than other types of breast cancer. The higher the grade, the less the cancer cells resemble normal, healthy breast cells in their appearance and growth patterns. On a scale of 1 to 3, triple-negative breast cancer often is grade 3.
* It usually is a cell type called “basal-like.”“Basal-like” means that the cells resemble the basal cells that line the breast ducts. Basal-like cancers tend to be more aggressive, higher grade cancers - just like triple-negative breast cancers. Most but not all basal-like breast cancers are triple negative, and most but not all triple-negative breast cancers are basal-like.
You may have heard of the estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). Triple negative breast cancer lacks all three of these receptors which is how it gets it's name.
The trouble with triple negative breast cancer is that it’s very aggressive, and it’s very fast growing. Recurrence rates are higher than other cancers and it used to be known as a death sentence. However, with early detection it can improve survival rate. With an aggressive looking tumor the doctors recommend the strongest treatment plan possible, always aiming for a cure.
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