Marie Joyce Rose, Survivor since 2016
I was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2012 at the age of 51, and then had a recurrence in my pelvic bone in 2016 right before the 2016 Runway for Recovery, which I walked in (well, ran in because I had another quick costume change!) Thanks to the excellent treatment from Dr. John Erban and the Breast Health Center team at Tufts Medical Center, this recurrence is not really fazing me. There has been such an advancement in the treatments for metastatic breast cancer, I sometimes forget I have cancer! I am doing all the things I have always done – taking care of my 3 (almost grown) children, working, exercising, going out to dinner and drinks with friends, and especially spending time with my wonderful significant other, Mark. I am so grateful for what I have, and for all of the love and support from my family and friends. I have never been happier, and I am enjoying life more than ever!