Beth Fairchild 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 II 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.