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I was in a accident in early August 2011. I flipped my car, my seatbelt came unlatched and I landed on my right side on the middle console. I walked away without a scratch.

By the end of August I felt a very sharp pain on my right side at my breast area. I was thinking it must be because of that wreck. I schedule an appt with my doctor and she found a spot on my breast and sent me for a ultrasound.

I went to my appt and they found something and had me go ahead an have a mammogram. At the age of 33 I was having my first mammogram. CLEARLY the spot was noticeable.

They made me an appt with another doctor that specializes in that sort of thing and he said with my age and my history of no one having breast cancer it's 99.9% will be benign. So I op to get it removed for testing in mid sept of 2011.

Surgery went smooth I went to the beach at the end of sept. They was suppose to let me know the results and they never called I never went to my follow up cause everything was fine. Or so I thought, in December of 2011 the spot was back and felt even bigger. I had a appt in Jan 2012 and I went to the same doctor to tell them it was back only for them to tell me I had Cancer. It was triple negative breast cancer if that wasn't bad enough I tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene. Which meant I had to do the highest dose of chemo and followed by 6 weeks radiation. They said that the hormones was the fuel to any breast cancer so I had both breast removed and a complete hysteromy all within 2 years.

Now it is July of 2014 I am cancer free with just having reconstruction surgery. People ask me did you ever ask yourself Why you? I responded Why not me...

God works in mysterious ways!!

Ansted, WV

The Devil`s Advocate shares information on early detection of Breast cancer.

The USPSTF recommends “biennial” screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years. (Have you any idea how Breast Cancer can spread in 2 years? Ever visited a loved one in a Hospice?)

The USPSTF recommends against teaching breast self-examination (BS E )

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of clinical breast examination (CBE)


Daniel B. Kopans, MD, F.A.C.R., Professor of Radiology, Harvard, : "There is irrefutable scientific evidence that most lives are saved by screening women every year beginning at age 40. The vast majority (75%) of women who are diagnosed each year are not at elevated risk."

By Otis Brawley. MD., Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society.

“Women between the ages of 40 and 49, accounts for about one out of six breast cancers, and the highest number of cancer related deaths are in that age group.”

Carol H. Lee, M.D., chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission.

“These unfounded, incredibly flawed USPSTF recommendations ignore the valid scientific data and place a great many women at risk of dying unnecessarily ─ including women aged 40-49.

Robert A. Smith, PhD | Director, Cancer Screening ACS

“Most women (North America, Europe, Asia, etc.) don’t do regular BSE, and when it is done it commonly is not done well.

Mammography is the cornerstone of our ability to save lives from breast cancer.

Every woman knows her Clinical Breast Examination is often too brief and generally not competently performed.

Thus the importance of knowing the normal composition of her breasts, what we now call awareness”

BSE Protocol may be found on the ACS website.” Option” for women starting in their 20`s

Please draw your own conclusions. It is your life, your choice!

Ian Grant-Whyte, MA MD (Cambridge)

A.B.F.P. (USA) ret., L.M.C.C. (Canada)

new smyrna beach, FL

My Battle With Breast Cancer

In September of 1989 my husband discovered a small lump in my left breast. I was only 36, but decided to have a mammogram . I had a sonogram, a needle biopsy, and then the lump biopsied. My doctor called back that afternoon, and said I had Mucinous Carcinoma.

I had a Modified Radical Mastectomy and all of my lymph nodes removed. Because I was 36 and my cancer was hormone receptive, I had to have 6 months of chemotherapy. I had Adriamycin, Cytoxin, and Methotrexate. I didn't lose my hair, but I had never been so sick in my life. I made it through, though and knew I was going to be fine.

In August 2013. I noticed a burning sensation deep in my right breast. I went to my primary care physician and he set me up with a mammogram and a sonogram. They noticed something right away and set me up to have a biopsy. My doctor called about 4 days after my biopsy to tell me I had Advanced Lobular Carcinoma. It was too widespread for a lumpectomy, so I had another mastectomy and sentinel node biopsy. This time there was lymph node involvement, so I would have chemotherapy first, and then radiation.

I started chemo in October 2013 and finished in February 2014. I had to have a port put in because my veins were all shot by my third treatment. It's much easier with a port. After about 6 weeks to recuperate, I had 5 weeks of radiation. I thought it was going to be easier than chemo until I finished with second degree burns. I finished radiation in May.

I had a CT SCAN on my chest and abdomen, and they came back clear. So far, so good.

I am blessed with a family that loves me and some very special friends who have been there with me every step of the way. If it comes back again, we will fight again. I have a strong faith in God, and I believe in the healing power of love and laughter.

Penny Alexander
Ocklawaha,, FL

Rainbows In My Mind - My special Breast Cancer Song

"Rainbows In My Mind" is a song which I wrote following my cancer journey in 2006:

When the rain clouds gathered round

Made me run for safer ground

Panicked when it could not be found - I’m hiding.

Paint a rainbow in my mind

Thought ahead and I did find

All at once the storm clouds were subsiding

And I want all the world to know

That my future’s lookin’ bright

When problems come along

I won’t give up without a fight

And when others don’t play fair

I’ll turn my back and I’ll play right

I won’t despair, I’ll paint the rainbows in my mind.

Wonder why they came around

All those things that knocked me down

Overwhelming, wish the gods had laid off!

Wandering through that great unknown

Now its passed, how I have grown

Never knew til then what I was made off

And I want all the world to know

That I’m glad I got through this

Each day that I’m alive

Is a day that I won’t miss

And the troubles that I’ve had

In my life, have been a gift

For they’ve made me paint the rainbows in my mind

Admire all those who stood by me

Raised me up and set me free

When all I wanted to do was give up trying.

How I want to be like them

Grow from love and start again

Fix my wings and off I go, I’m flying!

And I want all the world to know

That I am strong and I am fine

All my friends to know that I’ll be there anytime

Through the sorrow of their rain to the joy of their sunshine

For they helped me paint the rainbows in my mind

You can hear me sing this song on http://soundcloud.com/louloub/rainbows-in-my-mind-master001/s-PBmM6

Louise Barron
Inverness, United Kingdom

living proof

Im glad to introduce my wife naomi(survivor) with our daughter, Aniyah, celebrating her first birthday. In 2009, my wife was met with a challenge. Stage 3, aggressing 4 breast cancer. Needless to say, she beet that junk! Gave birth to my first and most precious baby girl. Doctors said there could be no chance in conceiving, none the less delivering a full term healthy beautiful child. Living proof miracles do happen. Today we have been met again with another challenge, that junk is back... Only this time it came with a shut off notice. So much pain, so much hope, so much confusion and exhaustion. Please pray if you do, cause i cant do this much longer. Believe and hope for a cure for this crap. ¿?¿ Good day to you and your loved ones

lompoc, CA

Mammograms: important at all ages.

I had mammograms yearly till age 68. No problems. Then, thinking I was safe, I stopped. I felt there wasn't a real need anymore. My health Insuance nurse came for her yearly visit and suggested I contact my doctor for an order for a mammogram. So I did, but our local hospital was in the process of getting a state of the art machine and were not doing the tests for another month. In November of the year I turned 70, I finally had one done. They called me back two days later for more tests and a biopsy. This was on a Friday. My doctor called me on Monday telling me it was cancer, and made me an appointment with a surgeon. I saw the surgeon on Wednesday, went for pre op on Thursday and Friday morning I had my left breast removed along with several lymph nodes. Home on Saturday with care from visiting nurses and my sister. They were sure they had gotten it all, and declared me cancer free. I am so Grateful I had a mamagram, and caught the cancer in time. I will continue getting the test on my right breast done yearly. Better safe than sorry! Very happy everyone was pro-active in getting me the right care.

Sheila Gaylord
Adel, GA

Breast Self Examination is An Option for women starting in their 20`s .American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society revisits Breast Self-Examination.


The Life You Save, might just be Yours!

“Most women (North America, Europe, Asia, etc.) don’t do regular BSE, and when it is done it commonly is not done well. . We also see that most women don’t do regular, or proper BSE, and there is some suggestion that there is anxiety over not performing BSE, and that anxiety can become self-blame if breast cancer is detected and is advanced

*** Mammography is the cornerstone of our ability to save lives from breast cancer.

Every woman knows, her Clinical Breast Examination is often too brief and generally not competently performed. Thus, the importance of knowing the normal composition of her breasts, what we now call awareness”

Best regards,

Robert A. Smith, PhD | Director, Cancer Screening

American Cancer Society, Inc.

The American Cancer Society says breast self-examination is an” Option” for women ‘starting in their 20`s Full details maybe found on ACS web site.

The option is yours, and it is your life.!

The breast cancer website is excellent. It gives women an opportunity to post their poignant stories. Some happy, some sad.

It is my opinion that if more scientific and accurate information was available on the website, such as the above, from the A.C.S, there may be more happy stories to recount.

“Ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise”, is Breast Cancer`s Slogan.

Pubs, Palaces and Prisons No One is Immune

It is your life, your choice!

Ian Grant-Whyte, MA MD (Cambridge)

A.B.F.P. (USA) ret., L.M.C.C. (Canada)

new smyrna beach, FL

BRCA1 positive

It has been tough I felt like I was alone there was so much out there for someone having cancer but I didn't have cancer. I had to do research and make my decisions. Many people were negative to me and stated why would you do anything you don't have cancer. But after all my cries and not knowing what to do I opted for a double masectomy with implants and a complete historectamy. I am happy with my choice 😄 I just wish there was a support group out there for me I may not have cancer but it still is tough to make this decision and I don't want anyone else to feel like me.

Coral Springs, FL

Being Blessed with Cancer

My name is DeeAnn. I am a nine year survivor of triple negative breast cancer. When a doctor tells you that you have cancer, it brings all new meaning to the belief that your life is in God’s hands. After having a double mastectomy followed by 8 rounds of dose-dense chemotherapy and more Neupogen shots than I could count, I am truly a changed person both physically and emotionally. Everyone would understand if I wondered why God had cursed me with this horrible disease. But I believe that God blessed me. While my physical changes are obvious, my emotional changes are just as obvious to those who know me. I am a stronger, happier, more patient, compassionate and content person than I ever was before. I have been able to understand and commiserate with others going through what I have been through. The best part is when I help them laugh. Some of my biggest fears in life were of how people would think of me. Would they like me? Would they accuse me of something I hadn’t done? Through my battle with cancer I realized that really wasn’t important. In fact, I have had betrayal and accusations that would have devastated me before, but I have survived them and shown grace in doing so. Most of all, as a former control freak, I came to understand that in this life there is precious little that I do have control over, but I can absolutely trust the One who does have control. I have peace that I never knew before. So if you are reading this and have found yourself in this battle, I hope that I have been able to give you hope. No matter what happens, good things are on the other side.

DeeAnn Harrington
Montrose, CO

Wake up call!

April 14th the perfect day, I was ignorate of my breast cancer! 15th yearly mamo, tech stresses" if you get a call for diagnostic do it quick!"

17th, the call came 49th birthday 19th, kinda sucked waiting. 21st diagnostic, there it was, you need biopsie on 24th.

Week later dr calls, you have Breast Cancer! None in my family so I am floored! Kids devastated and I am single, feel alone..

Well forward to July 1, after nipple sparing surgery month earlier and nodes removal, just rt breast, I op for bilateral, not going to do this again I said. 9 hours and 41 min later, tummy tuck reconstruction too!

Surgeon tells me abnormal cells in left( great call on my part) stage 1a

Got it all and healing still don't know about chemo, but I AM A SURVIVOR!

Please have your yearly mamo! Never felt it, surgeon couldn't feel it either!

Just do it!!!

I am 65% today and getting stronger every day!

Debby Fick
Katy, TX
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