Living and coping with breast cancer
Noreen Fraser speaks out on 'Huckabee'
- Duration 5:09
- Date Apr 30, 2012
Noreen Fraser speaks out on 'Huckabee'
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I've got -- press for 2001.
She's now living with stage four breast cancer she recently went -- a successful round of chemotherapy.
But here's the last picture that she took before her most recent treatment.
She is the founder of the Doreen Frazier foundation it raises money and awareness for women's cancer research.
Would you please welcome a -- Frazier -- Half an oral chemotherapy -- this point -- -- the photo was was taken place in you wrote in a blog something that I thought was a very very.
Powerful statement you said the unknown.
Is a scary place.
Would you find any -- Well you know what I the oral chemo is -- less toxic chemo so you'll have side effects -- you won't lose your hair.
So I think every woman you know is concerned about that and I every day I -- to say.
He's not -- and don't care for it was my hair everything's fine I just wanna lift.
And then when they air comes out when you just start brushing and it's just like huge honks you know like -- -- -- -- And then finally everything falls out in your -- it's it's it's the -- And when -- around my house even today after -- that's been gone now for six months but I'll walk around a walk by the -- in the bathroom like.
It's very startling it's very startling you just look like you're very second if you tell yourself you're not.
And you've got enough going through already -- in just with feeling terrible from the chemotherapy treatments and and the anxiety about.
I'm dealing with the cancer itself you need to get horrible news -- you -- great and there's nothing in between.
So how do you cope with.
Just the anxieties that day to day worries that every pain every every little thing you feel that you haven't felt before you think oh no this is yeah.
You know you you you cope with it like.
It was the first of all anyone who tells you they're not scared and they.
Don't cry -- -- just walk up is lying.
Because there you know if there are days when I think I'm not gonna make it and luckily I have my husband and I've got my.
For children are off to college I got my sisters and got a wonderful group of -- for -- And I do cry a lot in there was a lot of pain.
I did just in twelve weeks of -- and -- end the pain in my legs every day could not get out of bad it was like childbirth.
And I get every side effect that's you know.
All the way down the west whether they say you know -- only 2% of that's -- I have neuropathy and lost all the feeling in my fingers in mind it's still -- money.
Feet and on the -- where could he handle this.
Like he was with morphine and then you know if you take morphine after two days and you're like oh my god I feel so creepy.
And yucky from the morphine -- you decide I'm not -- I'm not gonna take that anymore than the -- -- the just a vicious cycles but I always thought they have somebody there to rob my legs and really hard that that would alleviate the pain -- you need you need a team of people who are gonna take over and come in and help you.
You know you mentioned your husband I think I should let our audience know he is our executive producer of the show when he Frazier and I sure hope he was part of that team because.
We wanted him to be helping and not -- he took a lot of time off of work and was able to come home and we appreciate it too we really.
We were all better -- You said something in your blog to read that I thought was very powerful I want to read and we're gonna -- of a screen up and says today.
I Begin down a new wrote in my journey through life with cancer my latest scans reveal that my cancer has spread to my liver I Begin -- today.
But had two days to digest the news.
And have a couple of good cries with family and close friends.
I will handle this challenge the only way I know how and that -- is to stare it down beat back.
Fight like hell.
You have fought.
He fought hard.
And you get the will to just keep fighting when it be so easy just to say idea.
Any mother would tell you that.
Marriage should be my husband who that's like Elkhart.
-- -- -- -- probably a good hour.
I'm not leave and I I you know I gave.
It was diagnosed ten years ago when my children were -- town and they told me that I would be lucky if I lived five years.
And I just sent -- something that is unacceptable.
Because I am not letting what do you Brees might.
That's not -- I is that at least they have to be here it's -- -- get out of -- -- reasonable.
And now they are both freshman sophomore in college and -- now making a new deal with -- So.
You know you just -- It you just have to do but an act I think everybody just has to do.
I think you're great sense of humor and your will is such a big part of that.
And we got to take a break when we come back we're gonna talk about you've done more than just fight you've turned this into an amazing movement that is changing the world of research.
And giving people hope they never had before.
And when we come back we're also gonna talk.