My name is Annie Germain. I live in the Greater Montreal area of Quebec, Canada. In July 2013, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) my mid-thirties. Read my journey.
IBCis a form of breast cancer known as rare (1-4% of breast cancers), which is particularly aggressive (generally grade 3) and too often deadly. The survival rate at 5 years is 40% for a stage 3. The IBC can develop very quickly. It presents itself with particular symptoms of which we do not hear about. The IBC is not well known to both the general public and the medical community.
My efforts and goals
Since the summer of 2014, I have been trying to publicize the IBC. I talk to people I meet and give them the leaflet made, in French, by Suzanne Lemay (in French). She authorized us to take it over and distribute it. I translated it and reproduce the text of the leaflet on this blog with the permission of her daughter.
Since my diagnosis, I have learned a lot about IBC. I am a member of English speaking support groups on Facebook. I want to contribute to making clear and reliable information available in French because there is too little information about IBC in this language. Especially since I have always loved to share my knowledge.
I hope to join by this blog people I would not meet otherwise. They also have the right to know about this special cancer. I hope that all those who wish to learn about the IBC can benefit from it, whether as a patient, a relative, a professional, a acquaintance or a person interested about breast cancer.
I hope to make a resource that I would have liked to have during the diagnosis, when I was in treatment or earlier in the post-treatment phase. If my experience can be useful to other women, I would be very pleased. If this is the case or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or leave me a comment on one of the articles to let me know.