On April 3, 2012, we lost Katherine Russell Rich, who was living with metastatic breast cancer for 18 years before she danced into the light early last month. Even with all that was going on with me recently, I am still shocked that I missed this news. I followed her story ever since I heard about her being the longest living metster in history, but that was not all for which she deserved credit. She was a mighty woman with an unquenchable spirit for learning and living. No one knows why she was able to live so long with this disease, especially because she was one of those young women, diagnosed at 32, whose breast cancer is usually very aggressive. Was her uniqueness beyond the scope of science? Maybe she is the miracle many of us also hope to be.
At 56 when she danced into the light last month, she left a plethora of writings, including an article in Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine and a number of books. Don’t miss reading about this extraordinary woman who still gives hope to all of us living with the uncertainty of metastatic breast cancer that we too might live far beyond the usual best of longevity of this disease of three to maybe ten years.
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