Her name is Wendie den Brok. She was diagnosed with TNBC in 2005 when she was 36 years old. That was also the time when she was accepted at a medical school in England.
Though she tried all the treatments such as a surgery, radiation, and chemo staying in the intense course of the medical school, cancer came back as a metastatic status, stage 4, in less than a year.
Her choices were limited and cancer progressed. As the last option, her doctor recommended two chemo combo drugs, which were not common for breast cancer.
She bet on that combo though there was a little chance. Usually it is said that stage four cancer is incurable, and especially for triple negative, the prognoses is poor. Yet, to everyone’s surprise, that combo shrank cancer and saved her life. Nobody could explain why her cancer disappeared while so many struggle and die.
Wendie, who is now cancer-free and practicing as an oncologist, said that because every cancer is different and considered as a different disease, it is important to find a different treatment that fits each patient. The combo, which saved her life, must have suited perfectly with her cancer.
Enduring the side-effects while facing death threat and even achieving her goal to be a doctor, she also said, “”Regardless of the prognosis and diagnosis you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward.”
Do not be destructed by cancer, pain, or death threat, but keep hope and keep going to accomplish the purpose of life—-I am grateful for her inspiring survival story and message!