If you are newly diagnosed

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You’ve been diagnosed with brain metastases and naturally you’re scared. For some women, finding out that the cancer has spread to the brain is the most terrifying thing that’s happened to them since they first found out they had metastatic breast cancer. It’s more frightening even than having liver or lung mets.

Patty, who has been living with brain metastases for years now, says she felt that way at first. “My first thought was NOT MY BRAIN! To me, that meant I would lose me. The threat of dying was not uppermost in my fears, but losing my identity and/or becoming totally dependent on someone else for personal needs.”

You are not alone! You can read what Patty and other women living with brain metastases have to say by clicking on Support and Stories on the main menu. In "I get to join the brain mets club," eight women living with brain metastases offer encouragement to two women who've just gotten the bad news.

You already know that having brain metastases means your cancer has progressed to a vital organ, and may become life-threatening. Your doctor wants you to be treated right away, before your symptoms worsen. You may also have heard or read depressing statistics about limited length of survival after brain metastases are diagnosed. But did you know that some women can live for years after getting brain metastases, and that often their disease can be controlled?

For words of hope and life after a brain mets diagnosis, read more here.