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A month after my 29th birthday, I noticed a flattening to the side of my right breast and thought maybe I had slept funny. I did a self breast exam and found a large lump, and immediately panicked. I had just moved to Seattle three months earlier, didn't have a lot of friends and had started a new job.…
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20 Years Of Stage IV
My wife has survived the past 20 years with stage IV metastatic breast cancer, starting with a small tumor (7mm) after her thirtieth birthday. Initially, hormone-related treatments worked. Several years later they discovered the HER2/neu gene and her treatments became more specific...
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My Boob Job
I had a boob job in November 2010. Six weeks later I found a lump! Christmas Eve I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, and I needed a mastectomy. I was absolutely devastated. I was in a brand new relationship and was terrified of losing my breast, my life, and possibly the love of my life.
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I was provided a packet of exercises a month prior to my surgery, before I left the hospital, and even at my post-op appointments. The doctor must have really wanted me to exercise. Now here's the thing, I am awful at following doctor’s orders. Providing me with packet after packet was not going to help me do them any more than it would with one packet.
The exercises were quite beneficial in improving your flexibility after surgery. However, so is doing daily household chores. I figured if I wasn’t going to attend to my arm exercises as regularly as I should then I would need to do the next best thing: chores.
I recall at the beginning, my arm movements were limited. Raising my arms in any direction caused some type of pain. Stretching, pulling, sharp pains, muscle spasms, it seemed like those would never go away. Reaching for a glass from the cupboard became my goal...