About Me

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Welcome the The Breast Cancer Warrior blog!  My name is Beverly McKee and I am a Breast Cancer Warrior.  Most of us have been impacted by breast cancer in some way.  If you are a fellow breast cancer warrior, I’m so sorry that we are meeting due to this dreaded disease, but I’m honored to join forces with you in the fight.

You can watch my video with a quick overview of how I became a Breast Cancer Warrior by clicking here.

Everyone remembers that moment when they learned that they have breast cancer.  October 17, 2012 at 4:25pm.  I was 42 years old with two boys under the age of ten.  My life changed forever in that moment.  I anticipated a tough battle against this dreaded disease, but I was overwhelmed with the positive things that have happened along the way.

 As I spoke to my doctors about treatment plans, they kept referencing 5 year survival rates.  5 years?  My boys would not be driving in 5 years…I wanted to know which procedures were necessary to survive 40 years.  I decided that I wanted to stick to my plan of living until my 80’s.  I began to plan my 40 year survivor party:  10/17/52, on the beach, with all of my friends and family.  It will be the party of a lifetime!

I am BRAC 2 positive, just like Angelina Jolie.  I opted for a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.  The first week was tough, but I was back to walking three miles per day within three weeks.  I wasn’t prepared for my pathology report after surgery.  The doctors anticipated a small tumor and a Stage I diagnosis, but it turned out to be Stage IIIA.  My cancer is not as common and very sneaky but fortunately very treatable.  I was disappointed that my fight would be harder than anticipated.  I was most afraid of how my boys would be impacted by my hair loss from chemo.  Never once was I was deterred from my original plan…a 40 year survivor party.  I have too much to live for to let the bad days overshadow the good ones.

Next came 16 weeks of chemo, two surgeries and six weeks of daily radiation.  It was a tough journey, but it was full of overwhelming acts of kindness from friends, family and strangers.  I encourage my fellow warriors to accept help with everything so that your focus can be on fighting your battle.  My mom retired early and left my dad at home to stay with my family during every chemo treatment.  My friends set up a care calendar (carecalendar.org), delivering meals to my family while I recovered from surgery.  My favorite aunt sent me a card every week that I was in treatment.  Friends set up play dates for my boys so they could enjoy normalcy and fun on my hardest days.  If you want to help a friend diagnosed with breast cancer, I encourage you to offer specific help:  “I can take your child to practice on Wednesday” or “I can cut your grass every week” rather than “Let me know if I can help”.   We are often too tired to figure out how you can help, so make an offer that we can’t refuse and follow through.

I completed treatment on June 4, 2013.  I am thrilled to be done!  I made it!  I have “NED” (no evidence of disease) but I prefer to call it “CANCER FREE”!!

I started blogging as “The Breast Cancer Warrior” early in my journey.  My goal is to inspire others to look for the positive side of every challenge in life and to ensure that no one feels alone in their battle against breast cancer.  The breast cancer warriors that follow my Face book page (“The Breast Cancer Warrior”) inspire me every day.  We share stories of success and talk about our challenges.  We know we are not alone in our fight.

I’m working on an exciting project designed to create hope for breast cancer warriors and I need your help.  I am looking for long term (25+ years) breast cancer survivors.  If you know someone who has beat breast cancer for more than 25 years, please contact me through my website:  www.breastcancerwarrior.org  or email me at bcwarrior40@gmail.com  I can’t wait to share this project when it is complete! 

Thanks for reading!

Beverly McKee

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One Response to “About Me”

  1. Kathleen Engel at 8:05 pm #

    Hi Beverly,

    My name is Kathleen Engel and I am an editor at Health Monitor Network in Montvale, NJ. My company publishes guides and magazines of various health conditions that are distributed free to patients in doctors’ offices. (You can see our site at http://www.healthmonitor.com.)

    I am about to write an article for our magazine, Living with Cancer, which is available in oncologists’ offices, and I wondered if you would be interested in being interviewed. I love your spirit, your 40-year party plans and think you’d be encouraging to readers going through treatment.

    Please let me know if you’re interested, Beverly. We can arrange a time to talk by phone at your convenience.

    All the best,
    Kathleen Engel
    Editor, Health Monitor Network

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