Daughter of metastatic breast cancer patient: Why I participate in the Boot Walk

From the outside, most people can’t tell that my mom has cancer. She looks great in short hair, stays really active and gets lots of exercise. But the truth is, she has stage IV breast cancer, an advanced form of the disease that has now spread to her bones. Nobody knows how much longer she might live. It’s really scary to think that my mom’s cancer has no cure. But she’s doing everything she can to fight it — and so am I. My mom’s first breast cancer diagnosis My mom was first diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma — a form of breast cancer — in 2000, when I was just a toddler. I don’t remember much about that time, but I do remember pulling out clumps of her hair after walking up to her side of the bed. (I didn’t know it back then, but that hair loss was due to the hardcore chemotherapy she was on.) My mom’s cancer went into remission after she finished treatment that year. It stayed that way until I was a junior in high school. Then, in October 2016, she had a small lump on her chest biopsied, and we found out the cancer had returned. My mom’s second breast cancer diagnosis My mom knew immediately that she wanted to go to MD Anderson. She called and requested an appointment at MD Anderson in The Woodlands. She was able to get one within a few days. At MD Anderson, she met with Dr. Jenny Pozadzides, Dr. Elizabeth FitzSullivan and Dr. Banu Arun. They ordered additional tests, which showed the cancer had already...