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Go, Fight, Win!!

My journey started with a sneeze at work. That day, September 27, 2103, that sneeze broke my left humerus. The doctor demanded X-Ray after X-Ray and I didn't understand why but he saw a spot near the break that he was determined to investigate. They kept me in the hospital for 7 days in the Oncology Unit which totally baffled me Finally, an Oncologist came in and explained that the spot they saw near the break was consistent with malignant lesions they see on bones. They transferred me to another hospital to see a specialist who could do a bone biopsy safely. On October 10 at my follow up visit, the Orthopedic Oncologist told me I had breast cancer and I needed to see an Oncologist within the next 48 hours prior to him putting a rod and pins in my arm. I was told I have metastatic breast cancer but the prognosis would be better if it only affected the bones. Immediately, I did what I would do in any situation, my husband and I prayed and we have not stopped. I prayed to be made whole. God started with my back. I had back pain for a year prior to my diagnosis, which turned out to be a collapsed vertebrae due to lesions. The radiologist noticed the vertebrae and sent me to a neurosurgeon. I had back surgery in December and I was discharged in 3 days because I was walking without pain. The next phase was radiation. Only 5 sessions. Praise God! The final phase....Chemo! It was game on! I went every week since 1/22/14. The only real side effects I experienced from chemo were loss of taste for a couple of days and hair loss. As of June 9, I won! There is no evidence of disease and on 7/30 I complete my last chemo. This journey has been a roller coaster ride but I am being made whole physically, mentally, and spiritually. God has been guiding us every step of the way and it is only by his grace I can stand here smiling. Winning!

Darria Grandberry
Somerset, NJ

MAMMOGRAM SAVED MY LIFE

In 2001' at age of 51, went for check up and mammogram. Doctor couldn't feel any lumps in my best. Got mammogram thinking everything okay. Got card needed to have another mammogram. I had a cluster close to the breast bone. It couldn't be felt not did it shows up in an ultrasound. As a result, it was caught early and removed it. The mammogram saved my life and i didn't have to have chemo or radiation. Since then I've had melanoma, precancerous colon and am not fighting pancreatic cancer. Been on chemo treatments for almost three years. It has spread but i am still surviving.

Christine Seeley
Jacksonville, NC

You Can Make It

September 12th, 2014 would make 5 years since my mom has passed away from breast cancer and now my aunt is battling the same thing. My entire family on my mother's side took the gene testing to see if we have the genes and we are awaiting our results. Two years ago my step son who is only 9 experienced the same thing with his mother, so now I am a full time mom. I am glad that I can be there for him. As a child of a breast cancer victim I felt so robbed and hurt and I can only imagine how my step son feels at this time. I just want to encourage everyone on this site to don't give up. You can make it. Keep fighting and keep pushing and don't give up. I've seen some people who were able to go into remission. Today I would like to share with you my song 100 meters. This whole process felt like 1500 meters instead of 100 and I must say thank you to God for being with me through this journey. Know that you can make it. Please be encouraged.

https://soundcloud.com/veola-sophia/100-meters-1

Veola Stewart
Nassau, Bahamas

Not all women with breast cancer are celebs

7/28/2014

Dear Robin Rpberts,

Congratulations are certainly in order! You are a survivor, and celebrity!

In spite of the plethora of Information, the Research , Money collected , 40,000 women continue to die each year, from this diabolic disease, Breast Cancer

Most of these heroic women were not celebrities. The breast cancer site is a excellent place for women to post their poignant stories.

I’m an octogenarian, who has crusaded for many years in the hopes of getting women to find their breast cancers early.

What follows are some of my efforts to help women, and it would be lovely if you could become an activist, and reiterate what I have written, not only on the Breast Cancer Site, but in many magazines , multiple Face book pages, and to people in the media.(NBC et al)

Please read on! You are in an excellent position to be the voice from the grave of those 40,000 women.

The Devil’s Advocate brings the following information to the Breast Cancer Site.

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)

.

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.

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)

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IAN park GRANT-WHYTE MA MD(CAMBRIDGE)
new smyrna beach, FL

Why not me..

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!!

Kelly
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)

IAN park GRANT-WHYTE MA MD(CAMBRIDGE)
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

Anonymous
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
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