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"At 27 years old, a mother of two and married to my middle school sweetheart, life couldn't get much better. One night I felt a lump..."

"I woke up to a sharp, stabbing pain running from my right collar bone through my right breast. I thought I was too busy to call the doctor..."

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Angela's Corner: The Phone Call

Angela's Corner: The Phone Call

Two weeks after I celebrated being cancer free for one year, I received a phone call from my sister. Unfortunately, with our busy lives it is not every day we have the opportunity to chat on the phone unless there is something to be planned or a question to be asked. This wasn't either one of those calls. Immediately, I knew there was some news; there was something just a little off with this conversation.

After a few minutes went by I asked her when her mammogram was scheduled again. For some reason I just could not remember the day she told me it was scheduled. I'm sure I had asked her three times in the last month and a half, and of course I felt guilty for asking again. Then it hit me! This was the reason for the phone call. The reason everything seemed off.

I braced myself for what was to come. My sister, whom I have admired from day one, was telling me about an MRI biopsy she had a week prior. The pathology report came back as Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia (Stage 0, also known as pre-cancer.) Her diagnosis differed from my original one, but the chosen treatment path would be the same. Here we go again...

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As new drugs show promise in preventing breast cancer, women who should be taking these medications may be reluctant if costs are too high. This is also true for pharmaceuticals prescribed as part of breast cancer treatment regimens. The "Helping Hands Fund" at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center helps patients whose medication costs, for prevention or treatment, exceed their ability to pay. Donations through this Gift That Gives More™ will make a difference. Thank you!

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