On December 11th, 2013, I was diagnosed with 'de novo' metastatic breast cancer with bone metastases. I was 37 at the time. A couple of years later, it spread to my liver and after that, it spread to my abdomen and then was found in the lining of my lungs and a number of other places. It's now kind of taking up camp all over the place. What's interesting about my cancer, is that instead of all being the same, it's heterogeneous. Instead of normal breast cancer, which is usually either ER-positive, or PR-positive, or HR-positive, when my cancer clones and creates new sites, it can be any of the types. Across my body, I have different spots that are estrogen (ER) positive, or HER2-positive, while another site is triple-negative. It's a particularly difficult cancer to treat.
Further links or information:
Website: Teva Harrison
Book: In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with Cancer
We grieve the loss of Teva Harrison, who died on April 27, 2019. We are grateful for her contributions to Living Out Loud, and extend our condolences to her family and friends. To read more about her life and artistic contributions: https://www.cbc.ca/books/teva-harrison-award-winning-toronto-cartoonist-dead-at-42-1.5114613