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My grandma was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 69. Because her mother also had Breast Cancer, I talked to my doctor and began having yearly mammograms. In Sept 2012 I went for my yearly mammogram and all was well. In December 2012, at the age of 40, I noticed a lump in my right breast. Because of the size and because my recent mammogram was clear, I thought it might just be a cyst and if I cut back on caffeine it would go away. I talked to my doctor and he agreed but, made me promise to return in a month if it wasn’t gone.
Pushing this to the back of my mind, I busied myself with work, school, and the birth of our granddaughter.
In July, while getting ready to take a shower, I remembered the lump. My husband felt it and asked me to go to the doctor. I said ok but, he wasn’t convinced. He reached out to my mom and sisters and together they convinced me to go to the doctor, who wasn’t happy with me to say the least. He ordered a mammogram and ultra sound. The results showed a 2.5 cm mass so, I had a biopsy and was told what no one ever wants to hear; you have cancer, stage 3, triple negative, invasive ductal carcinoma.
On August 23rd I started chemo. I’ve completed the bi-weekly A/C treatments and the first of 12 weekly Taxol treatments. The tumor is shrinking. As long as the cancer continues to respond I will have a bilateral mastectomy in January followed by reconstruction.
My grandma's a 9 year survivor and one day soon I want to say I'm a survivor too. I know this is just the beginning of my battle but, I will not give up the fight. This will not break me. God has been so good to me and continues to show me He is with me in this journey and my faith remains strong.
With the continued, positive, support of friends and family, I will beat this!
My journey with breast cancer began April 27, 2013 when I was diagnosed with stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer at age 45. I had felt a lump in my right breast in March. The mammogram that verified the tumor was there, was my first. There was no history of breast cancer in my family, so I felt pretty safe. I was so very wrong!!
The word “cancer” was scary to hear, but my husband and I knew immediately that we needed to tackle it aggressively and with a positive attitude. We have been open and honest with our network of family and friends. I can’t explain what it has meant to have the support of this extraordinary group of people. Their thoughts, visits, prayers, gifts, meals and words of encouragement have made such a difference in my fight! We can never thank them enough.
Most important has been the loving care and support from my parents, husband and 6 year old son, Nathan. This has become their journey and story as well. We have survived 6 rounds of chemo, a bilateral mastectomy and soon, 28 rounds of radiation.
It isn’t my choice, but it is my fight…and I am winning.
God works in mysterious ways is something that I have heard often. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was doing my hair after showering and noticed a slight dent in my left breast. When I did a self exam I noticed that I had what felt like a large mass inside my breast. Fast forward to a few days later- My husband and I were getting ready to attend his cousin's funeral. She had passed away at a very young age. He wasn't sure from what. We attended the funeral and I noticed that they buried her in a pinkish casket. I begin to think breast cancer. This was the first time I ever really even thought about it. During the funeral, I sat behind and consoled his aunt that's about in her mid 40's. Fast forward a week later- It was my mom's birthday May 16th 2013, I had my biopsy done. A few days later, I was told I had cancer and it seemed pretty aggressive. From there it seemed like things were a blur. I was scheduled for chemo with plans of surgery and radiation. During one of my chemo treatments, I saw my husband's aunt at the clinic. She also had breast cancer. I was diagnosed with stage 3 her2 + breast cancer. I have successfully completed my chemo (which my body responded so well to that it completely removed the 3 tumors). I recently had my mastectomy and have radiation planned for next month. The good news is that after surgery no cancer was found in the breast or the nodes. This has been the scariest journey that I have ever faced but through it all God has given me a great sense of peace and for that I am thankful.
Last year I had redness and itching on my left breast, but had no lumps. My doctor prescribed cortisone cream & ordered a mammogram (which came back normal). The red eventually turned purple, the skin became tighter and the nipple inverted. At my annual check-up this June my doctor ordered an urgent mammogram and ultra sound and this led to urgent biopsies.
On August 1st, at the age of 49, I was told I had Stage IV Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), something I (and most people) had never heard of. After dealing with the shock of this news I immediately started researching this disease and this is what I found:
Inflammatory Breast Cancer is the MOST AGGRESSIVE type of breast cancer. - Typically NOT detected on mammograms because IBC does not produce the usual lump. - 5 year survival rate is approximately 40%. - IBC is hard to treat mainly due to delays in diagnosis, a physician's lack of expertise in treating IBC, and its resistance to treatment with standard chemotherapy drugs.
To date I have had 4 rounds of chemotherapy and I have 2 more treatments, then surgery and radiation as the cancer has spread to my spine and hip. My oncologist told me he could give me "years and years" but not "decades and decades" however I refuse to give up. I continue to fight with everything I've got, my children are 18 and 16 years old and still need their mom. And I need to be here for their graduations, weddings and babies.
In January 2013 I went for my annual exam. My gynecologist was doing a breast exam and stopped. She asked me if I did self-exams which I responded "yes". She then asked me if I knew I had a lump which I responded "no". She put my hand on my left breast and I told her I didn't feel anything. She pushed my hand down harder and then I felt it. It turned out to be Stage 2, but tests showed I didn't need chemo. However, after two attempts the breast specialist couldn't get a clean margin which meant the tumor had finger-like extensions. A mastectomy was recommended and I elected to have both breasts removed. I liked the sound of "no chance" better than a "small chance" of it reoccurring in the other breast.
Now I need to backtrack. Several years ago I weighed over 270 lbs. My gynecologist asked me if I would ever consider gastric bypass surgery. I was shocked because I didn't understand the surgery. A few years back I was 49. My mom was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 50. Doctors repeatedly told me I was a prime candidate. My mom died at 67 from complications and my children never knew her. I was scared and decided to have gastric bypass surgery. I lost 140 lbs. When I was diagnosed in January, both my gynecologist and breast specialist told me we could be having a different conversation at a much later date. If it weren't for the weight loss, I would probably be walking around undiagnosed with a growing tumor.
Ladies, please see your doctor every year, do an exam with your doctor to make sure you're doing it right, and don't skip your mammogram. I did self-exams, but I wasn't pressing hard enough. It's been a rough year, but the worst is over for me. I'm almost done with the reconstruction. I owe my gynecologist for my life two times. First for suggesting the gastric bypass and second for finding the lump.
I'm a lucky girl!
I was diagnosed with breast cancer on October 2012, on November 15,2012 was my surgery. January 7,2013 start with radiation until February 20, 2013. Now I'm on tamoxifen for the next 5 years. This journey is not easy but I'm alive and happy. My mom died 7 years ago from breast cancer too. Early detection save life.... Believe !!!
If you don't know about our story from the Aussie magazine New Idea then I must tell you.
My name is Narelle, I have an older sister Michelle and our mum is Annette and this year we have all battled breast cancer together. Mich was diagnosed in December 2012, I was diagnosed in January 2013 and mum in February. Mich and I have done 6 months of chemo and so far I have had a lumpectomy and she has had a single mastectomy and radiation. Mum was the lucky one needing only surgery but chose to have a preventative double mastectomy following her lumpectomy. Mich and tested positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation and will have a complete mastectomies and reconstruction surgery and eventually oopherectomies. We are not saddened by our journeys this year, we are happy for all the knowledge we have acquired to help make our lives long, healthy and happy.
I was one of those women that feared mamograms. I had not had one in twenty years! I heard of a free breast cancer screening. Something just kept telling me that maybe I should go get a mamo since it had been so long.
So, I went to the free screening. The mamo showed something suspicious. I was sent for an ultrasound. The ultrasound
showed a cluster of granules that could not be felt. Not a lump like most people have.
I had a MRI and a biopsy. A few days later on June 8, 2010 I was told that I had breast cancer: lobular incitu, ductal incitu and ductal invasive carcinoma!!!
I had a lumpectomy. No cancer in the lymph nodes, no chemo . I did have radiation and 5 years on Tamoxafin .
I am happy to say that "I am a 3 year survivor"!!! If I had not gotten that mamogram, I may not be here today.
Early detection saved my life!!!
It was June 16th, 2013 the day before my fathers funeral when I went to the doctors to have a suspicious lump checked out on my left breast. While helping with the funeral arrangements I was going to reschedule my doctors appointment but my family urged me to go. Going into the appointment I was convinced it was a clogged duct. I left convinced it wasn't. Hearts continued to break. Dealing with the tragic death of my father, I couldn't bare the thought of any more bad happening to my family. 7 weeks later, I had to accept I'd been diagnosed with stage 3, Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) & Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC). I had to quickly come to terms with the fact that I was 30 years old, a single mother, with breast cancer.
Due to the aggressiveness of the cancer and my young age, I made the brave decision to undergo a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. While healing from surgery I began chemotherapy, which will last 6 months. Reconstruction will last 12-24 months. During my mastectomy, several lymph nodes were cancerous & removed. Pathology reports determined all the cancer was not removed & is still in the lining of my left breast tissue yet. I will undergo radiation for 6-9 months after Chemotherapy. As a single parent, sister, daughter, & friend I've found more inner strength & hope than I knew ever existed. I've never fought so hard before but with my community & loved ones coming together & supporting me, I've realized I'm not fighting this battle alone. My 2 amazing sisters, cousin & family friend put together their 1st fundraiser ever for me called 'Dana's Fight, Our Fight' & raised over $30,000 for financial help while I'm unable to work. 350-400 people attended the event. I've never been so proud to have such a loving, caring family & community come together to fight this battle along side of me. I'll continue fighting for my life & with the support I've received I'll be able to fight cancer with my positive, optimistic, smiling face in tact.
I was diagnosed Stage 3 breast cancer in
october 2007. hat Operation, chemo, hormone, radiation and antybody Therapie.
now After 6 years I am still cancer free.
it was a hard year with all those therapies but I would definitly go through it again if necessary.
since One year I have a pink Ribbon tattoo, which will be perfectioned in December.
when it's done I'll post a pic
I pray for all women and men who are currently fighting and say:
Never stop fighting and hoping.