The Pink Bow Campaign, Inc. would like to introduce our next Advisory Board Member – Maggie Fogel. Over the next several weeks we will continue to spotlight our Advisory Board, our Partners, and our amazing volunteers.
Hi! My name is Maggie and I am thriving despite having cancer three times. After completing treatment for stage 0 breast cancer I was told that I did not have to worry about reoccurrence; I was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer (MBC) four years later. I have since learned this happens to 30% of people diagnosed with early stage. And some people are diagnosed stage 4 de novo, meaning this is their first cancer occurrence.
I joined the Pink Bow Campaign to help raise awareness and hope about advanced stage breast cancer. Stage 4 cannot be cured, but people are thriving longer thanks to advancements in treatment. However, education remains crucial as many people are initially misdiagnosed due to a general lack of knowledge of advanced stage breast cancer. I can relate, I knew nothing about MBC before being diagnosed. Stage 4 breast cancer most often travels to the bones, lungs, liver and brain. A rule of thumb I’ve heard is that consistent pain lasting more than two weeks in any of these areas should be ruled out for breast cancer.
Please join us in thanking Maggie for all of her continued efforts with The Pink Bow Campaign, Inc. and the fight against breast cancer!