Member of Our Fox Family Shares Her Fight Against Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Fox News associate producer Annie Goodman shared her fight against breast cancer today on Your World in hopes of spreading awareness.
Goodwin joined others to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange today for Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day.
Goodwin wrote in a FoxNews.com article:
“I was diagnosed with stage IIB triple negative breast cancer two years ago when I was just 30 years old. I learned I had the disease after feeling a lump, going to the doctor, having a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsies. I was devastated because I had no family history of breast cancer; only after my diagnosis did I find out I have the BRCA1 genetic mutation, which is closely linked to triple negative breast cancer. I endured a double mastectomy and reconstruction, 16 rounds of aggressive chemotherapy and 25 zaps of radiation. But that was not enough treatment to keep this particularly rare and nasty subtype of breast cancer out my body.”
Later, she would find out that the cancer spread to her ovary and lungs. She was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic disease. Just a few months later, doctors discovered Goodwin had six brain tumors.
After surgery to remove three of the brain tumors and whole-brain radiation, Goodwin writes: “It is slowly getting better. I have lost my hair again, which to me is a trivial side effect from the treatments. I will do whatever I can to live.”
Goodwin told Cavuto it’s hard to remember what her life was like before cancer, but she realizes now that the trivial problems in life don’t matter. “You remember what’s important. You want to experience as much as you can. […] It’s not about having, you know, things. It’s about spending time with your family.”
She has another round of chemo next week and will undergo tests to see if the treatment is working. Goodwin hopes that talking about triple negative breast cancer will help bring awareness so researchers can find targeted treatment or a cure for the disease.
Read Annie’s story on FoxNews.com and watch her powerful interview with Neil Cavuto above.