A three-minute educational video about breast cancer posted on Facebook by a woman in Cedar Park has crossed 51 million views and sparked a global conversation about the disease.
“Metastatic Breast cancer is not talked about enough… not enough research,” Holley Kitchen wrote in her Facebook post. “[B]ut yet it’s the cancer that kills 108 women in the US alone EACH DAY…. please share to educate!”
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In the footage, Kitchen details her struggle with Stage 4 breast cancer. She was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer at age 39 and underwent a double mastectomy, along with chemotherapy and radiation treatment, only to see the disease migrate into her bones and intensify.
Patients diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer are usually given a life expectancy of 2-3 years. Kitchen has lived with the disease for the last two years, and says her mission now is to educate people about the disease. “I thought no boobs meant no cancer,” she explains.
The cards she holds up in the video also detail numerous things metastatic cancer patients do not want to hear. “Sometimes it’s okay to say nothing,” she wrote on another card. “Or maybe, I’m praying for you! But — truly pray!”
“We are more than a pretty, pink ribbon,” she added. “We are cancer LIFERS!”
“Please help me make a difference by funding research for metastatic breast cancer by donating to [The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network] in my honor!” Kitchen concluded in the video’s caption.
Watch the video below…
Metastatic Breast cancer is not talked about enough… not enough research… but yet it's the cancer that kills 108 women in the US alone EACH DAY…. please share to educate! Please help me make a difference by funding research for metastatic breast cancer by donating to http://mbcn.org/get-involved/category/donate in my honor! Continue to follow me and contact me at https://www.facebook.com/HolleyKitchenCancerLifer?ref=bookmarks
Posted by Holley Kitchen on Thursday, June 4, 2015