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My name is Julie Goiset. I'm a 2 time breast cancer survivor, single mom, massage therapist and just turned 40!
I need to go through breast reconstruction again. I will be doing tissue expanders and implants again. It's done in 2 surgeries, spaced out by 4 months or so. Recovery time after each surgery would be 3-4 weeks given no complications. I used up all my resources going through chemo and bilatteral mastectomy in 2011, and here we are in 2015 and still haven't had the reconstruction, mostly due to financial reasons. Taking time off work for me involves having a savings. I still need to pay for rent, bills and feed my kids. So here I am, asking my community for help. I am willing to wait as long as it takes because I realize this is what I really want.
In 2011, when I was diagnosed for the 2nd time and had to face chemo and surgery again, I could not bear the thought of ever doing this again! That's why I opted for a bilatteral mastectomy. Well things always don't go as planned and I got an infection a week after I got my foobies and was in the hospital for a week and had to have them removed due to a mycobacterial infection. I was qutie devastated:( But knew when I was ready, I could try again. It has now been 3 years since I lost my breasts and turning 40 has given me the gusto to get what I want! So here I am, hoping and praying that I will get some foobies(fake boobs).
I am very grateful for any support you are willing to give to me and my family during this final process. It means so much to me! Many blessings to you!
With peace and gratitude,
It was the summer of 2003, and school had just let out. I am teacher, and usually take care of all my yearly appointments in the summer. I was 59 at the time, in good health, no history of any breast cancer in my family. I exercised, ate healthy, and really tried to take care of myself. I went for my yearly mammogram, having done this uneventfully for the past 10 years. This time was different. I could see it on the radiologist's face! And, so it went....more mammograms, needle biopsy, diagnosis...invasive lobular cancer, stage 1. I think I was in shock because I felt if it could happen to me, then, it could happen to anyone!!! I cried at first, like we all do, then went into fighting mode. Bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, 4 rounds of chemo with hair falling out. No radiation, thank goodness since it was not close to the chest wall. I did not work during that time, and my husband also happened to lose his job at the same time. It was really a blessing to have him home with me most of the time. God was good!! Our church basically fed us for those months, and in March, 2004, I got a call to come back to work to take the place of a teacher who had left. By that time, my hair was growing back, I felt I needed to get my life back to normal, whatever that meant! Within 24 hours of my getting that call, my husband got a call to go back to work! It has now been 11 1/2 years, and I remain cancer free. Cancer treatment is hard, I will not lie, but there is life beyond cancer. I am now 71 years old, still teaching 3rd graders at a great school! Oh, and I forgot to say, my son was just finishing 5th grad when all this happened and now he is married and a special ed teacher of severely autistic elementary students!! Life is GREAT!!!
Doris Parreno went to the doctor for a routine physical. On November, 2011, she had a mammogram and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Triple Positive, Estrogen Positive, High Grade, DCIS, Invasive, Aggressive Carcinoma. She was prescribed a very heavy treatment which included Lumpectomy, Chemotherapy, Radiation, Herceptin and Tamoxifen for 5 years. She did get the lumpectomy. The rest of the treatment was so scary considering it was referred to it as “preventive treatment”. Before her scheduled chemo date, she did a lot of research as to various options but was hesitant to try anything else because she figured the hospitals know best. In the process of her research, she heard Suzanne Somers talk about ‘chemo sensitivity test’. Doris thought it made sense if she had to do chemo she better do that test. She did the test and discovered that the chemo that was going to be given had a very high chance of not working. She had seen friends go through ‘chemo’ that did not work; and it could have been recipe for disaster. So, she asked her oncologist if she could have the chemo that was going to work based on the chemo sensitivity test. She told Doris that they do not customize treatment for patients and what was offered is what she would have to take. The test also offered alternative therapies that were non toxic and seemed to work for the circulating tumour cells that Doris had. She had no choice but to go the alternative route. As soon as she started to follow that route she started to get better. In one month her area of inflammation went down 75% and her numbers improved; so it was working and she didn’t have to compromise her immune system. She went on an intense program to fight the battle with cancer on intense IV therapy, supplements, needles, German acupuncture, Gerson Therapy and essential oils. Three years after her diagnosis, she can say that she is on her way to full healing. Doris now dedicates her time by telling others of this alternative route.
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after years of mammograms in lumpy breasts, in 2001 i felt a lump in my armpit. i had hub feel it, but i did nothing about it, because it was in my armpit. A year later, i felt a tiny lump in my breast, and went to the dr. I had a mammogram, then was called back for an ultrasound. Met with the surgeon, had a surgical biopsy. The biopsy turned out to be cancer. i was 44 and had breast cancer! The big lump in my armpit? cancer. i also had a 5cm lump that I never even felt. May 8th, i had a sentinal node biopsy (which failed when the dye wouldn't travel). So i ended up with 14 lymph nodes taken out (4 were positive for cancer).The dr removed 3 lumps. i found out that i had stage 3 cancer, ER positive.
i was scheduled for a/c chemo and 33 radiations. Lost my hair (which i lost my mind over. i have terrible hair so i don't know why i was upset). The first day of chemo i cried like a baby. BUT after that, i chose to fight cancer with a sense of humor. i worked through my entire treatments. never missed a day. my work friends laughed with me, at me (my request). Everything was funny and it made having cancer so much easier. I never got sick. i wore baseball hats and ugly scarves. it's been 13 years and even though i have had a couple of scares, i'm still cancer free!
I had a mammogram in March of 2009 and it was normal. In May 2009 I found a pea size lump in my right breast. Watched it for a couple months, it didn't go away or get any bigger. I asked my boyfriend at the time to feel it, he's like maybe you should get it checked. So in August of 2009 I went to my family doctor and she referred me to a surgeon. The surgeon did a biopsy but it came back inconclusive. She scheduled surgery to remove it. The results came back I had Stage (1) invasive Breast Cancer. Fortunately I did not need chemo, but I had 6 weeks of radiation. Then I was placed on Arimidex for 5 years. I'm happy to say as of today I'm a 5 year survivor. I'm so grateful to my boyfriend to have encourage me to have it checked. My surgeon said had I waited for my next mammogram my prognosis wouldn't have been that good. So I encourage everyone if something doesn't feel right have it checked immediately I'm so glad I did.
You may have heard it before, "Go with your gut!" Well I am glad I did because before a doctor diagnosed me with breast cancer, I knew I had it. I found my lump in the summer of 2013 and scheduled an appointment to have a mammogram within weeks of finding it. If I did not do self exams, I would have waited till December when I go for my yearly, which waiting could have made the cancer progress farther in my body. After the mammogram, even thou they did not tell me it's cancer, I could see it in their face. They asked me to come back for a biopsy. The next day I received the call from the doctor that it was invasive ductal carcinoma (stage 2). WOW! Even thou I had the feeling it is still a shock at first, but as I had the gut feeling that I had cancer, I also had the gut feeling I was going to be OK. I did not dwell on it, I cried, wiped my tears and said lets do this. I am a single mother and my kids need me. I went through a double mastectomy, 16 rounds of chemo and weeks of radiation, which I completed in June of 2014. I am now cancer free because I listened to my gut instead of being afraid.
At least that's what the quiz I just took said I was in a past life and I am going to be in this one.
I found a lump in my left breast at the end of October/beginning of November. I had been back home for a little over a hectic year so far and hadn't found an OB/GYN. In July my husband, our son and I had begun volunteering on the Tall Ship Elissa in Galveston and we needed to have physicals so I arranged them. That morning I was hungry from fasting for the physical, so I decided to distract myself by finding an OB/GYN. As soon as I put in the call, I was squeezed into the schedule and from there, they squeezed my in for a mammogram and ultrasound. Then that doctor squeezed me into the schedule for a biopsy all in the same day. It was December 18 and I got the results the Monday after Christmas. I had actually already read them for myself on Sunday, but I didn't say anything. I wanted to hear it from the doctor because I wasn't sure what I was reading. After a bunch of tests, and consultations we are ready to begin and my surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning. My battle has just begun, but I believe I will win and I know from previous experience I won't give up without a fight. So congratulations to those who have preceded me in victory and good luck to those that follow, we will keep fighting and we will win! Eventually, we will all have provided information and knowledge that will defeat this enemy once and for all!
I went in for my yearly Mammogram last November. My grandmother died from Breast cancer and my older sister was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer 6 years ago, so I never miss my yearly mammogram! Within an hour after my mammogram, the doctors office contacted me and told me I needed to come in for another Mammogram because they found breast calcifications on the first one. After having my second mammogram, I met with the radiologist who strongly suggested that I have a biopsy. Following his suggestion, I had a biopsy two weeks later. It came back positive for non-invasive and invasive ductal carcinoma Stage 1. I had a fantastic surgeon and he removed all of the cancerous tissue during the biopsy. Because the cancer was so small and the margins around the cancerous tissue was clear, as well as my lymph nodes, I only need to have 21 radiation treatments. They used to do 30-33 radiation treatments, but the new thing with early breast cancer is 21 treatments. I will have radiation in a prone position where my breast hangs through a hole in the radiation table, so they only radiate the breast and not the heart, lungs and ribs!
I am so blessed that the mammogram showed the calcifications and my cancer was detected early! I believe every woman should have a yearly mammogram, no matter what the cost, or what their insurance companies tell them! It not only saved my breast, it saved my Life!
I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2006 and am lucky now to be a survivor. I finished all my cancer drugs in December 2014 and am grateful that I found my breast lump in time and for the fantastic doctors, nurses who had the expertise to save me. I started singing and writing songs when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and recently won 6 commendations for my songs in the UK Songwriting Competition which was judged by well known songwriters and producers. Here's one of my songs, "Celebrate My Life". I wrote this about trying every day not to take things for granted and to enjoy the life that I have been given to the full. https://soundcloud.com/louloub/celebrate-my-life