Hello, My name is Patricia Brown, and I am 35 years old and was diagnosed with stage IIIC Inflammatory Breast Cancer on September 21, 2017. Inflammatory Breast Cancer is a rare and very aggressive type of breast cancer that is only diagnosed in about 1 to 5% of all cases in the United States. My family moved to Bowling Green from Louisville in July in order for my husband to take a job at Med Center Health. We have 3 little girls ages 2, 4, and 6. Unfortunately, due to our move, we don't have any family or close friends in the area, but the people of Bowling Green have been incredible to us! Everyone we have encountered at Med Center Health, Graves Gilbert Clinic, Greenview Hospital, in our neighborhood, and even complete strangers have been so loving, caring, and giving during this incredibly trying time. While we have family that come to visit and help out anytime they can, the Bowling Green Community has really showed us an incredible amount of support!
The reason I am contacting you is because I need the communities help! My sister-in-law has nominated me to walk in the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade, to celebrate my fight and to spread awareness about Inflammatory Breast Cancer. While Breast Cancer Awareness month is in October, there is still a need for awareness year round. Women and Men often miss the signs of breast cancer because they aren't aware that breast cancer doesn't have to have a lump. Any change in your breast such as dimpling, new spots, redness, swelling, inverted nipple, or discharge can all be early warning signs of breast cancer. Early detection can save lives and if it weren't for my persistence in seeking care and my doctors' immediate response for treatment, my disease could have progressed to stage IV, for which there is no cure. I was 34 at diagnosis so I wasn't old enough for a regular mammogram, it was up to me to notice a change in my body and seek help! It's a common misconception that women under 40 don't get breast cancer, women need to know that this is not true, according to NIH 1 in 227 diagnoses is in women in their 30's.
I would like to spread awareness, reminding the community that Breast Cancer Awareness doesn't end in October, while asking them to vote for me to walk in the survivors parade. Thank you for your consideration! I will add an address for you to see my nomination.