This is the personal blog for Lara Huffman, a Pittsburgh-based writer. Lara was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer – specifically Stage 1, ER+, PR+, Her2-, BRCA-neg, 0/5 lymph nodes) – in September 2010 at the age of 30. She has undergone a lumpectomy, four and a half months of chemotherapy (Cytoxan and Abraxane) and then seven weeks of radiation. When Lara’s one-year checkup came back with suspicious calcifications, after much discussion with her team of doctors, she opted to have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. She has been NED (aka no evidence of disease) since the end of July 2011.
Lara’s mother, Patricia (who preferred to be called Pat), was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer when she was 35 years old. In April 1987, at the age of 40, Pat was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and subsequently died six months later. She left behind three children – Lara and her two brothers, ranging in age between 7 and 12 years old.
Lara lives with The Boyfriend or He Who Shall Not Be Named and their two rescue pups – Boomer and Mal. She occasionally writes for The Huffington Post, and she has been at the same job for the last seven years.
Get Up Swinging was born on September 25, 2010 on blogspot, and can be found here. Get Up Swinging 2.0 will be about advocacy, education and a call for research. Breast cancer is more than a pretty pink ribbon.
The views and opinions expressed on Get Up Swinging reflect the opinion of Lara Huffman alone and are not indicative of the opinions of her employer.
You can contact Lara at email@example.com.