Carson woman wants to show another side of breast cancer
Carson City resident Lilly Reedy says there’s another side of breast cancer.
While many women and men have the disease treated and are cancer free.
Other patients undergo treatment and the cancer comes back.
“It’s just what happens,” says Lily.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 Lily says at the recommendation of her doctors, she had a lumpectomy, followed by radiation and chemotherapy.
She says she was put on medication afterwards to ward off the cancer.
Then in August of 2018 doctors told Lily the cancer had come back, only it had spread to her liver.
“It was something familiar and there was a bit of dread coming, going into it,” says Lily. “Because it was something I'd been through before. But this time it was really different. So I had a lot to learn—again,” she says.
Reedy says 30% of breast cancer patients are just like she.
Their cancer comes back to another part of the body.
It can be at the time of the initial breast cancer diagnosis or, in a matter of months or years.
But Reedy says it's a fact that's not well known.
That's one reason she says she felt so isolated even at events with other breast cancer patients.
“There is this huge support of survivorship,” says Lily. “But when you get diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer it feels different. You are not really included in that survivorship. And that is what I would like to see happen. Is that metastatic goes, follows that trend and goes into survivorship. At least in a chronic and treatable way,” she says
Lily will be part of a metastatic breast cancer seminar at Carson Tahoe Hospital this Sunday October 20, 2019
From 2:00pm to 4:00pm Lily and other experts with this kind of cancer will be on hand to inform attendees.
Lily hopes to eventually form a support and advocacy group for metastatic breast cancer patients and their families.