My name is Adrian McClenney a Metastatic (Stage 4) Breast Cancer Survivor. On May 19, 2011 I was diagnosed with stage 3 Inflammatory Breast Cancer, a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer.
My treatment regimen consisted of 16 cycles of chemotherapy treatments, A Double bilateral mastectomy and 37 treatments of radiation treatments. I have also had a full hysterectomy performed. I was misdiagnosed for months, before being properly diagnosed. Inflammatory breast cancer rarely shows up on mammograms. I am grateful for being persistent and demanding attention. My breast went from a little red itchy spot to a very painful itchy swollen hot breast. I had a big knot underneath my arm where the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes. I could barely lift my arms, carrying my purse was a big challenge. I would try and cook and found myself dropping bowls and pots. I knew something was wrong and I needed attention quickly.
am now the Author of two books Pink Lifesaver and also Pink Sunshine. I am also a Co-author of two other books. I love using my story to educate other women about the importance of breast health and advocacy.
Things are sometimes a little rough but I push through. I am grateful for a very supportive family and loving friends that really makes a difference while going through a journey as breast cancer. I am now living with metastatic breast cancer, but I vow to educate, advocate, live and love loudly. There is no cure for metastatic breast cancer but I believe in miracles. If I can leave you with anything today it would simply be alive every day, beautiful, because you are.