Welcome to Vesna Zic-Côté's personal page
In 2012, I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Despite the standard treatment of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal treatment, the cancer returned 4 years later, having spread to my lungs, bones and lymph nodes.
I am now living with incurable Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). My current regimen includes treatment at the Ottawa Cancer Centre, self injections and a daily chemotherapy agent. Bloodwork, regular scans and several integrative therapies have led to a decrease in my tumour load, and I am living with a reasonably good quality of life at this time.
MBC is treatable, but not curable. When I was first diagnosed, my life expectancy was being measured in months; now with cautious hope, it might be a few years. But I am a 43 year old mother. And wife. And daughter. And sister. I need more time. Time to see my young children through elementary school, time to watch my family grow and share in all the joys that life brings. Time to celebrate anniversaries with my husband and birthdays with my niece and nephews. Time with my beloved family and friends.
There is so much that needs to happen to make this a reality for me. I will need new treatments when my current regime fails me. I need research in cancer therapies and a health care system that is streamlined and accessible.
Donations to anyone on a team that begins with 'Metastatic' directs funds to the Canadian Cancer Society's Metastatic Futures Fund. This fund supports people like me in lifelong treatment, and sends the message that #stage4needsmore. Sadly, early detection does not prevent all cancers from returning and spreading. We need research to understand why and treatment to extend our lives. We need to focus our attention on curing Stage 4 breast cancer.
On behalf of all of us living with incurable cancer - finding joy between injections and scans and blood work and appointments, living with hope and making a difference - thank you for your support.