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Four years ago this past February, I head an angel whisper while at work, “Get your mammogram.” As I put the key in the front door lock that evening, I again heard the angel whisper, “Get your mammogram.” I dropped my bags in the open doorway and went to my den to retrieve my 9-MONTH OVERDUE mammogram order. I called the breast center the next day and received an appointment for that Thursday, which was my birthday.

The following Monday at work, the breast center called, asking me to come in to repeat my mammogram. I went in on my lunch hour; had a repeat mammogram, which turned into two MRIs and three needle biopsies—long lunch hour! Two days later, I had my diagnosis--stage I invasive ductal carcinoma. A lumpectomy was two weeks later.

During radiation, in answer to prayer, I was led and blessed to start The Sparkle Caps Project to help women coming behind me. Walking in the shoes of others can be emotionally draining for me at times, and I need to take a day off and cry and pray for others; but then I get back on the horse and start planning the next trip to my treating facility to give out gift bags to women who have been referred to me by the chemo nurses. We empower and uplift women with all types of cancer, letting them know that they are loved; that they are HOT CHICKS, in spite of their hair loss; that their femininity is not tied to their hair; and we encourage them to have positive attitudes, because that is part of the battle.

The cancer journey is not an easy one and more difficult for others. It is unique to each one of us. I pray that you each will find your blessings on this unasked for journey, as have I. Victorious over cancer! Victorious in God!

Susan "Victorious" Heimbigner
Sumter, SC

One day at a time

I am 38 years old. About 3 months ago I learned what life is all about.

I had a routine mammogram due to family history. I was called back in for a second one for a closer look. My doctor called that night and set me up with a surgeon. Next was an ultrasound, biopsy, and an MRI. I have cancer. On April 16th I had a mastectomy. And they found cancer in my lymph node as well. I will have to start chemotherapy treatments soon. As far as my cancer goes I have no idea yet if it has spread elsewhere.

Breast cancer has made me scared and anxious. But it has taught me that life is too short to live unhappy. It has taught me the real meaning of family and friends. It has showed me how strong of a person I really am. I am living in the moment now and for the rest of my life. It has taught me what unconditional love really is. Breast cancer has given me much more than it can take from me. Each day is a blessing and I plan on living it to the fullest.

Emily Casto
Marion, OH

Self check before Mothers Day

Hi, I am Cynthia Landin and I am 31 yrs old, active duty Army and May 11th will mark the one year "anniversary" of the day that changed my life. I was 6 months into my 9 month deployment in Afghanistan, when I noticed a heaviness in my chest on the right side. I had been doing self exams every month since as long as I can remember and never had a lump. I had a day to myself and I was able to do my check and found a huge lump in my right breast and automatically knew it was cancer. My best friend and roommate convinced me to go to the hospital to get seen but I didn't want a clinical diagnoses. I wasn't ready to leave Afghanistan, as crazy as that sounds. I finally went and I had to be sent to Germany for further testing via a core needle biopsy. I was then sent to my home base of Fort Hood, TX to be around my husband and kids and await results. Mid June rendered Stage III Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, with four of ten lymph nodes testing positive. I had a right side bilateral mastectomy with total lymph node removal of my right arm in July of 2013. I had six months of chemo that ended in January and six weeks (monday-friday) of radiation that ended in March. I got the genetics testing done and that came back negative. It has been a heck of a journey but I have to thank my husband, kids, family, friends and of course my best friend Taylor for all the support.

Stay positive ladies and love the skin you're in!!!!

if you have questions you can email me at racin77@hotmail.com

Cynthia Landin
Fort Hood, TX


April 23 2014

Shanna(Shan) Larsen, was only 24

when she lost her life to Breast Cancer


On June 23, 2007, I telephoned my daughter to wish her a happy 50th birthday. It was far from a happy day for her, however. She had just received her biopsy report which indicated a large invasive tumor involving most of her left breast. I was stunned. This is just a bad dream, I thought. This can't be true! Yet, it was true.

. The MRI revealed extensive intraductal carcinoma 10.7cms by 4.3cms - the size of a fist

Please check out this 5 minute video I made last summer with my niece, Denoon, who developed a breast cancer at age 25.

It is my hope it may well save a woman’s priceless life.

Many are women in their prime; Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Co-workers, Friends or you, with many years of life ahead.



Sandy L, Writes recently on Face Book

“Thank you Ian for speaking out! I am a breast cancer survivor, and early detection found

it, and my fellow survivors are in their 30's and 40's.”

Let common sense and sweet reason guide your decision

It is your life, your choice!.

Relentless Octogenarian, Ian Grant-Whyte MA MD (CambridgeUniversity Medical School, UK) A.B. F. P.(ret) U.S.A, L.M.C.C.(Canada).


PS. Mammography: http://youtu.be/Jow33EWcBAo

“Hippocrates 5`th Century BC. First Doctor, Do No Harm”

new symnra beach, FL

I didn't need chemo etc.

I found out I had breast cancer with a routine mammogram. My Dr. could not feel it. It couldn't be found with ultrasound. Surgeon couldn't feel it. Had another mammogram to pinpoint it (literally). Had lumpectomy and surgeon removed a golf ball size tumor that was up against my chest wall. She didn't get a good margin so more surgery. Recommendation (and I agreed) to have a double mastectomy. That way I wouldn't need chemo or radiation or tomaxofen. The only thing I would have done different is to have reconstruction at the same time rather than waiting. I had a friend who had same cancer and she wished she would have had both breasts removed because she did need chemo and radiation and tomaxafen. Keep doing self exams and get mammograms!

Patty Behrndt
Rice Lake, WI


April 23 2014

The reason I continue to post what follows, is in the hopes that an astute parent, or woman under 50, happens to stumble on this potentially

life saving information.

Breast Cancer,

The Robber of too many women’s lives, and so many happy family times

Not just a disease of older women

Do you think Breast Cancer knows your age ??


Some in the Medical Profession, and in the Media, keep misinforming women about when to start Mammography, This can result in unnecessary loss of Life

Shanna(Shan) Larsen, was only 24

when she lost her life to Breast Cancer


On June 23, 2007, I telephoned my daughter to wish her a happy 50th birthday. It was far from a happy day for her, however. She had just received her biopsy report which indicated a large invasive tumor involving most of her left breast. I was stunned. This is just a bad dream, I thought. This can't be true! Yet, it was true.

. The MRI revealed extensive intraductal carcinoma 10.7cms by 4.3cms - the size of a fist

new symnra beach, FL

my journey

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on February 26th , 2014. The only thing that I could think of is that I don't want to die. Then the journey of surgery and the radiation therapy. It's not over yet, but now I need financial aid and all my funds have run out. So I'm still working towards my goal of being free of this. I will be 52 and cancer surviver . My family and friends are my strength. I am truly blessed. So please don't give up, just keep going and believe it will be alright.

kathy geiger
leola, PA

Listen To Your Inner Voice

In August 2013 we received notice that we were being transferred back to CA after 2 years in FL. I decided to go get my annual exams done before we left. I saw my family doctor, had a routine mammogram and prepared to move. A few weeks later I returned to my doctor for results. The NP was so happy to report that all of my blood work and exams were great except for something "funny" that was found on my mammogram in my right breast, but said it was nothing to worry about and to get a follow up in 6 months. I wasn't satisfied with her recommendation due to the fact that in 2011 while we were preparing to move to FL I received a dreaded phone call that my 31 year old daughter was diagnosed with an aggressive Triple Negative form of breast cancer. My 2 years in FL was consumed with trips back and forth from FL to CO to care for her and her 2 young sons while she endured aggressive chemo, a double mastectomy, and reconstruction. I saw first hand what cancer does. I demanded a referral for an MRI which I was given while being told it probably wasn't necessary. The MRI lead to further testing which found a tumor deep near my chest wall in my left breast. A biopsy found cancer in my left breast. The biopsy of my right breast showed no cancer. With all of my information in hand we relocated to CA and I found my team of doctors. So far I have had a double mastectomy and am beginning reconstruction. I meet with a Medical Oncologist this week to find out if I will benefit from chemo. Moral of my story is to listen to that little voice inside and don't take anyone's word that "it is probably nothing" or "wait 6 months". You just never know. My daughter was also tested for the BRCA gene and it was found to be negative. Please, listen to that little voice and get tested!

Kim Johnson
Yucca Valley, CA

"A Mother's Strength"

My name is Andrea Maine and I am a retired, 24-year Veteran of the United States Army, two-time Breast Cancer Survivor, and author of Second Wind “A Mother’s Strength”. I am a mother, a sister, a daughter, a teacher, a loyal friend and above all else, a Woman of God. Having battled cancer twice while serving my country, I am a living and breathing example of God’s awesome power to heal and restore in the face of our greatest challenges. While going through my struggles, bouts of fear and sickness in my battles with cancer, it was my unshakeable faith in God and his ability to heal and comfort me that kept me strong. I believe that God has spared my life so that I can now serve as a living example to those who are battling or know someone who is battling cancer that He still answers prayers and He heals the sick. It is my greatest desire to be obedient to God and spread the word of his awesome power to all who will listen; that if we BELIEVE in him, have FAITH in him, and TRUST him to Bless and Favor us, ALL things are possible.


Second WIND “Army Soldier and Two Time Breast Cancer Survivor”, takes you on an uplifting journey of perseverance

and faith. Whether you are faced with a breast cancer diagnosis or are a supporting family member or friend, you can take

comfort in knowing that millions of men and women like you and me are walking, this journey with you. Inside is my

heartfelt, warm and at times, fun filled story that opens your heart and allows you to accept and to survive any life altering

diagnosis. We all have struggles and unforeseen circumstances that seem to set us back, but all we need to do is to trust and

to believe that God sees and knows our challenges. Though your diagnosis may seem devastating, remember that you can

withstand it and continue to live, to emerge, to grow and to find inner peace.

Andrea Maine
Winston Salem, NC

Fighting breast cancer aged 27......

Here is my blog on how I found my lump, how I was told it was breast cancer, how I got through six lots of chemo, how I coped with been told I was a brca1 carrier and having a double mastectomy.http://gemma2015.wordpress.com/

Gemma Waring
York, United Kingdom
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