My name is Amanda Broderick. I am a mother, a daughter, and a sister. In October 2017, at 35 years old, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am part of a small percentage of breast cancer patients are referred to as having a ‘de novo’ diagnosis, meaning the breast cancer was Stage 4, or metastatic, from the start. When you communicate to your loved ones that you have breast cancer, there is an intrinsic hope that with the right treatment, you will be cured. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer.
Through the support of the staff at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John’s and Gander, I have made it through the year since my diagnosis with a realistic but positive outlook. My amazing oncologist has found a targeted treatment for my specific type of breast cancer that has armed my body to fight the disease and has allowed me to thrive despite my diagnosis. The staff at the Cancer Centre, whom I now consider friends, have helped me mentally deal with a disease that has taken away so much from my life.
There were many days throughout my treatment that I thought I would not live to see my 36th birthday. However, my birthday has come and gone, and I continue to work in my profession, be a full-time mother to my beautiful 4-year-old twin boys and focus on appreciating each day I have. Although my cancer is being managed through ongoing, regular treatments, I do not consider myself to be a breast cancer survivor. However, I am determined to live a full life despite my disease. Just call me Amanda Broderick, CPA, Breast Cancer Thriver!