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Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day 

Today is metastatic breast cancer awareness day. Metastatic or stage 4 breast cancer is the breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to another organ like the bones, brain, or liver and it represents 30% of all breast cancers.

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Still Bald Ballerina

Now that my hair has grown back, many folks ask if I plan to change the name Bald Ballerina. The answer is NO. I remind them that I have stage 4 metastatic breast cancer which is incurable. My cancer could

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This Is Not Pink Campaign

Yesterday marked the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The message behind the month has become all about “Races For A Cure” and buying pink. That is not what it means for women and men with Metastatic Breast Cancer; it

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Thank you Dance World

I was overwhelmed when the amazing Kenny Ortega presented me with his Lifetime Achievement Award at Industry Dance Awards. To me, it epitomizes the selflessness and generosity of my fellow dancers. I will treasure it always. I am incredibly grateful to the dance

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Right Action for Women and Christina Applegate

I met Christina Applegate while I was in LA. She has the BRCA mutation and is one of the 250,000 women under 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Because insurance often denies mammograms and breast MRIs to young women,

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“Right-to-Try”

Thank you United States Senate for voting 94-1 for legislation. This bill would make it easier for terminally ill patients to get experimental treatments without FDA red tape. My dear friend Champagne Joy was a passionate advocate for this before she passed away

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Living Beyond Breast Cancer Metastatic Breast Cancer 

Today I am heading up to #philadelphia for the @livingbeyondbc #metastaticbreastcancer conference. This will be the 3rd year I am attending this conference and every year I learn so much information sometimesit is overwhelming. I’m excited to see old and

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Health benefits of mushrooms 

This ginormous mushroom came up in my front yard. I don’t know if it is safe to eat, but I do know that mushrooms have many nutritional and medicinal benefits. My doctor urged me to eat cooked mushrooms every day

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Not all illnesses are visible

Not all illnesses are visible . While I love looking and feeling healthy, the reality is that I still have terminal breast cancer; I am still in treatment; and I could go from healthy to needing chemo or surgery or

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Saying Goodbye to March

I am not sorry to see March go. While it is my birth month, it is also the month that I lost two dear friends. Having a friend with metastatic breast cancer is very hard when you know that she/he

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