Abigail Johnston

Abigail is a daughter, mother, wife, and attorney who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in June of 2017. The first few months after her diagnosis were a whirlwind and full of many profound changes, but Abigail soon found her footing and started her blog “No Half Measures,” where she talks about whatever comes to mind, within the lens of her stage IV diagnosis. Abigail’s boys, Liam and Malcolm, along with her husband, Elliot, make their own appearances in Abigail’s advocacy since it truly is a family affair. In 2017, Abigail also discovered that she inherited a mutation on the ATM gene and further testing has revealed somatic mutations in the cancer; this is now her focus of research and she bugs her doctors regularly with articles and new information.

For Abigail, advocacy is a whole life endeavor and she never does anything halfway. Abigail works with METAvivor as a Peer to Peer Advocate, with Living Beyond Breast Cancer as a Hear My Voice Advocate (class of 2019) and a member of the Metastatic Conference Planning Committee, with After Breast Cancer Diagnosis as a mentor for the newly diagnosed, and she started her own non-profit, Connect IV Legal Services, to recruit attorneys to do pro bono legal work for metastatic breast cancer patients. Abigail is an active member of her local support group Y2B2, which is geared towards younger women with all kinds of cancer, and is a co-administrator of two metastatic breast cancer communities: Living Metastatic One Day at a Time, and a support group focused on those who are taking the newly approved medication for the PIKC3A mutation, Piqray.

Outside of cancer advocacy, Abigail serves as a room-mom for her boys’ teachers and is a board member of her local PTA, serving as a parliamentarian.

She can be found via social media on her blog, “No Half Measures,” as well as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Outside of her cancer life, Abigail enjoys spending time with her family and cat, scrapbooking, cross-stitching, and dreaming up more ways to experience life with her boys.

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