By Sarah Rath
Senior Manager, IT Communications
Thermo Fisher Scientific
“I’m more aware than ever that there is a patient on the other side,” Liz says. “One just like me.”
She came to that realization one day in April 2021 when Liz found a lump. A mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy a few weeks later led to a breast cancer diagnosis. At first, it seemed manageable – the cancer hadn’t spread to her lymph nodes, so she was scheduled for surgery to remove the mass. Two weeks before her surgery, however, Liz began having neck pain so she went back to the doctor. This time, a CT scan found lesions on her liver.
Liz’s cancer had metastasized.
Surgery was no longer an option. Just two months after finding that lump, Liz was now facing a much more serious diagnosis - Stage IV cancer. Treatment at this stage is focused on keeping the cancer stable and preventing it from spreading further. A patient’s status can change quickly, making regular scans, blood tests and oncology appointments essential.
“I will be on treatment for the rest of my life,” says the Ireland native, who was born in County Mayo and has lived most of her life in Dublin.