Living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) can change how you think and feel around the holidays. In this episode of Real Talk, Pam Kohl, Ann Camden and Katie Mackin share their traditions, the wishes they have for their husbands and children and the way they manage their disease and the added stress from scans this time of year.
Pam, whose children are 29 and 32, Ann, who has twin girls in college, and Katie, who has a 5-year-old son, all find joy in being with their immediate and extended family, which includes friends, neighbors and their community of supporters. They continue holiday traditions started years ago and are coming up with ways to warm their loved ones’ hearts, after they’re gone.
Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with MBC for years, Pam, Ann and Katie share advice that has helped them through the holidays and is helping them make the most of holidays to come. Each of their experiences with MBC is personal and the disease impacts them in different ways, but one thing is for sure: they are all grateful for MBC research because it has given them the time they’ve had with their families and they hope for more.