Monday Motivation: Mother of 3 battles metastatic breast cancer

"GMA" is honoring the courage of a Philadelphia mother of three battling metastatic breast cancer.
6:05 | 04/22/19

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motivational Monday. A woman whose message of hope truly inspired us when we first saw it in "People" magazine. She's a mother of facing stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She's going to join us in a moment but first, take a look at her story. Jamil rivers cares for her entire family. Mom to three beautiful boys and loving wife to Ricky who has been battling health problems for years. Just last winter, a common cold hit the family, but when jamil's symptoms would not go away, she learned it was something far more serious. Test results revealed she had stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. From ten months of chemotherapy, jamil never quitting her full-time job, refusing to let cancer define or defeat here. ������ now jail making her mess her message. Straining her strength with others in need. Jamil rivers joining us with her husband Ricky and their three sons, Michael and Joshua. Good morning. How are you doing, jail? I'm doing great. I did a year of chemotherapy. As I mentioned, I worked through chemotherapy the whole time. Now my tumors spread around my body have shrunk to microscopic size. I know you're checking every three months? Every three months, I get a I got my latest scan April 15th, and it's still clear. We love to hear that. We saw your story first of all in "People" magazine. And the number of people who have reached out. There was one who said your consistent cheerful messages and check-ins became a vital part of our day, helping to remind me that I'm indeed entitled to be cheerful. This is a woman walking the journey like you are. How do you maintain that positive outlook? I think when I'm feeling down, I think about my family. I hear munchkin voices saying "I love you, mommy." That continues to push me and I think being involved and having my community of girlfriends as I look at them and we're all going through the same thing supporting each other, it just makes me hopeful that we're going live a long time with this. You have a lot of reasons to do it right here on this couch. Ricky, you've had your own journey, not once, but twice? Twice, yeah. How are you doing? I'm doing good. I was diagnosed with kidney chancer in February. I recently had a surgery which removed the tumor on my left I'm good with that. Prior to that, I had colon cancer. Stage one colon cancer. No more signs of cancer. There wasn't my own struggle. When I was 18 I was diagnosed with psg. A liver degrees. For ten years I was asymptomatic. No repercussions. When I was 20 years old, everything came to a head within a year. I was on a transplant list and pretty much dying. I got a liver transplant. From that, I was all right. You guys are just warriors. Warriors. All right, big brother. I like that 'stache coming in really nice there. I like that look. What does it mean to you and your brothers to have this kind of strength from your mother and father? Just looking at them and seeing everything they've been through just shows how strong they are. Determined just helpful to everyone else going through it. Just forthgoing with everything they're doing. Just appreciate it. I'm sure you that do. I'm sure that you do. You have a message, jail. Not all cancers are the same. Not all breast cancers are not the same. And you have a message you want people to hear? Yes, I think we've got a stable complacency that the work is done because the survival is better. Metastatic cancer, only 5% of research has gone to stage 4 breast cancer which is abysmal. And metastatic patients are dying at the same rate as victims of the opioid crisis and gun violence. We need attention to not have metastatic breast cancer have an isolation. If you're serious about saving lives, you have to focus on metastatic breast cancer patients. Thank you for that. What's your name? Joshua. What's your name? Michael. Michael, what do you think of mommy and daddy. I love them so much. They take care of me and my brother. You know, you all -- what is your message for somebody who is walking this right now, who is sitting at home, who may not have the support that you have here? What do you tell them and how do you help lift them up? You do not have to go through this alone. There are so many organizations and people out there that will support you. I know I'm even on Facebook and you can reach out to mef you just need somebody to pull you through. We can push forward together. There's strength in numbers. And people that are not living with this. Know your risk. Especially black women. This is not even on our radar these days. You hear about diabetes and high blood pressure. Know your history. Know your risk. That's it.

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