According to Breastcancer.org, about one in eight US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. It is a complicated disease that takes different forms — one of the most confounding being Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.
Patricia Prijatel, a nationally published magazine writer and an award-winning teacher, was diagnosed with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) in 2006. The journalist did what any reporter would do when diagnosed; she started investigating the disease, how it occurs, how it’s treated, and how to keep it from recurring. She found a noticeable lack of resources on the TNBC, a disease that differs from hormone-positive breast cancer from the initial prognosis to the treatment options. Patricia is now in remission, but along the way she has poured her heart into creating Surviving Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Hope, Treatment, and Recovery.
We spoke with Patricia Prijatel for insight into her own experience with TNBC, health advice for those battling the disease, and the importance of maintaining hope throughout the fight.
On her diagnosis
On the importance of hope
On diet and exercise
Patricia Prijatel is author of Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, published by Oxford University Press. She is the E.T. Meredith Distinguished Professor Emerita of Journalism at Drake University. She is doing a webcast with the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation on 16 October 2012. Read her previous blog post: “Just what is triple-negative breast cancer?”