Beth Fairchild, 36, is a mother and tattoo professional, living with metastatic breast cancer.
Beth's metastatic breast cancer diagnosis in 2014 came as a surprise, as she had undergone a mammogram the month prior with clean results and had never experienced a lump in her breast before. However, breast cancer was nothing new to Beth, as her mother had been previously diagnosed with Stage 2 disease. Following her diagnosis, Beth was surprised with how much more there was to know about the disease and realized that the metastatic population was particularly underrepresented. She started a social movement, Stomp Out BC Monday, to raise awareness for MBC using the hashtag #DontIgnoreStageIV, which connected her to METAvivor, where she is currently a board member.
Beth works in the tattoo industry and owns five studios with her husband, where she specializes in areola tattoos for women who have undergone a mastectomy and permanent cosmetics. Beth enjoys being outdoors, particularly on the beach, and spending time with her husband, two teenage daughters and German Shepherds.
Video: Who is Beth Fairchild?
Beth reflects on her metastatic diagnosis and how it has impacted her life, her outlook, and her role as a mother, wife, and advocate.
Sometimes, good news from the doctor can be overwhelming. Beth's scan showed no new spread of her cancer.
Beth shares where she draws strength as a mother, wife and woman living with metastatic breast cancer.
Beth demonstrates her skills as an artist while bringing her latest creation to life for a new client.
Video: Healthcare Provider Relationship
Beth discusses how finding the right doctor and having an open dialogue about your metastatic disease is a crucial step for anyone.