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Know Your Health: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness

Know Your Health: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness
Know Your Health: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness
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The New year is a time when most people set their health goals, but what if you are faced with health challenges that make it more difficult. Anna Kaiser and Christine Hodgdon are telling us all about the new 30-Day Challenge aimed at increasing support for Metastatic Breast Cancer.

An international fitness authority, dancer, and choreographer, with a background in professional dance and sports medicine, Kaiser began her career in NYC in 2002. After earning a BFA in dance from the University of California (Cum Laude), she studied kinesiology, sports medicine and functional anatomy at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She then went on to acquire teaching certificates in pre/post-natal pilates, TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise), CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist), and NASM (The National Academy of Sports Medicine). Her natural enthusiasm, terrific sense of humor and reputation for results quickly made her the preferred trainer of celebrities. Kaiser’s passion to support the MBC community is driven by her personal connection to breast cancer and the impact it had on her family when her mother-in-law was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2018.

Hodgdon was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in April 2015 and became heavily involved in the MBC community after attending a METAvivor advocacy event to push for more MBC research funding. She is a Hear My Voice leadership volunteer with Living Beyond Breast Cancer and has helped inform various components of the More for MBC initiative — including providing input to the Thriver pose, as she practices yoga, and sharing her personal journey with MBC in a recently launched video series.

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is a complex, unpredictable and currently incurable disease. Approximately 30% of people with early stage breast cancer will have a recurrence, and some may develop MBC. Despite advancements in treatment, the people living with the disease face significant daily challenges that their family and friends don’t always understand. To generate more understanding and support for the women and men living with MBC, Lilly created the More for MBC initiative, a national movement aimed at bringing more awareness, more research and more solutions to support people living with MBC, and the communities that surround them.

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