Portrait of community member Luz Adriana Cardeño

Meet Luz Adriana Cardeño!

Luz Adriana Cardeño, one of our community members spends a few minutes with us sharing her advanced breast cancer diagnosis. She also talks about what information and support have been most helpful as she navigates MBC and shares some advice.

A community diagnosis story

How & when were you diagnosed with ductal invasive carcinoma?

I was diagnosed in February 2018 after I had a biopsy to check a suspicious lump.

What do you find the most challenging part of living with metastatic breast cancer?

The hardest part is maintaining mental strength and determination to keep going despite adversity.

What information/support was most helpful for you when you were newly diagnosed with IDC? Was it helpful to have information that was specific for your type of breast cancer?

It was helpful to know that the tumor could be removed with surgery, as it had been detected early and surgery was a treatment option for me. It is always very important to be well informed about the type of cancer you have in order to make the best decisions about the treatment to follow

What's your favorite part about AdvancedBreastCancer.net? How has online support helped you?

I like everything, you know that you are not alone on this trip, the testimonies of others are of great help - they strengthen me mentally. I especially like the motivational posts, they strengthen me mentally to have a positive attitude, be a better person, stay strong, and above all, be happy.

What 3 pieces of advice would you give to someone who is newly diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma?

  1. Confidence that everything will be ok
  2. Maintain a good attitude
  3. Continue to be attentive to the signals of the body

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