Facing MBC is the challenge of
your life. Face it on your terms.
Being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) can be stressful and overwhelming, physically and emotionally. Not only do you have to come to terms with the cancer, but you also need to learn a lot of information in what feels like a short amount of time.
Many patients struggle with the realities of their diagnosis.
Seize the day and make the most of it. I’m going to smile and I’m going to hug my kids and snuggle with my puppy and cancer is not going to take that from me today.”— Angie
Many people experience fear surrounding upcoming scans, also known as “scanxiety”
Early on I realized that I was living my life in three month increments because I was getting scanned every three months. So you live as hard as you can these three months. And then you get scanned and you wait and see if you're good or not good. And if you're good, then you live really hard.”— Stephanie
The intensive and lasting symptoms and side effects of MBC and its treatment can interfere with the ability to spend time with family, friends, and community.
MBC patients report having problems with work, joining activities with friends and family, and doing their regular leisure activities
You don't have to do this alone
Connect with support, your way, with the Facing MBC Together app.Learn more
Reaching out to others can help
Evidence shows that the greater the social support, the better the health outcomes for breast cancer patients and survivors.
It’s also important to connect to an understanding, supportive community. One thing that seems to help many people with MBC is sharing how their experience differs from earlier-stage breast cancer.
Most patients are very interested in understanding the disease and their treatment options because it provides a sense of control and significantly reduces anxiety.
Your friends and your family, they're awesome, but you connect in a different way to other people who are experiencing what you're experiencing.”— Angie
After joining support group therapy, MBC patients experienced improvements in their mood, had fewer traumatic stress symptoms, and learned better strategies to cope with difficult emotions
When you’re first diagnosed, that should be a time when you look inward and know that you need somebody to help you through that journey. It has taken a while for me to realize and to accept that I really needed to talk to somebody professionally.”— Stephanie
There’s lots of love and support out there. Let someone help you.”— Angie
Taking time to regularly discuss your thoughts and feelings with a therapist can help reduce depressive symptoms.
Do research. Be your own advocate. Find support from people who can help you understand what you’re going through
Your emotional health can impact your physical health. Talk with your healthcare team to find out how personalized support can help improve your physical functioning and emotional well-being.
Focus on hope
Medical advances are on the horizon. New and emerging therapies are altering the course of MBC, helping many people live longer and maintain their quality of life.
The one thing I always do tell people is, the first time you meet someone who has metastatic breast cancer will change your life. When you have, it is a bond. Like you can't even imagine.”— Susan
Connect with other people living with MBC through support groups; they may be able to help you understand and cope with what you’re going through emotionally.
Allow yourself to relax with family and friends and allow them to support you—on your terms.
Know that how you feel physically and emotionally may change from day to day or even moment to moment. Be patient with yourself—and be good to yourself.
It's refreshing to just be in the moment and not have to worry about things that are out of my control. It's a beautiful thing.”— Kelli
Meditation can help you connect with your emotions, energy, and thoughts while helping you feel calm. Also allow yourself to enjoy yoga, nature, relaxing with pets, and keeping up your favorite activities that may help you be in the moment—and possibly help you feel at peace in that moment.
Reach out to the MBC community, and find other people who know what it’s like to live with MBC.Find a support group
Need someone to talk to?
Cancer Support Helpline: 1-888-793-9355
CancerCare’s Hopeline: 1-800-813-HOPE (4673)