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22 years ago I battled breast cancer.But a bit of a miracle happened. I do not read music and right before my diagnoses I felt a strong urge to sit at a piano and started composing beautiful music. My husband came into the room and said .....is that u playing?????Well he bought me a piano and my talent grew. I was invited to start my first professional recording a Grammy award winners music studio. I was at that time playing a 1200 sound keyboard. He suggested after the recording was finished to send it to world leaders for breast cancer awarness. We sent the casette to world leaders and I recieved letters from Julliard school of music to President Clinton . Over 100 letters came to me. The cassete was entitled 'PINK RIBBONS SUITE.I became a bit of a celebrity.
After being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, I thought I had just been given a death sentence. So much goes through your mind. You think, I need to get my affairs in order. WELL, after mastectomy , removal of 23 lymph nodes ( 13 positive ) and months of chemo and radiation my survival rate was still only 10%....
My doctor was not ready to give up. On March 3 , 1993 we started a new journey. BONE MARROW transplant ! Without going through all details, I will make a long story short. After 22 years , I am still here to say MIRACLES do happen!!!
In May of 2008 my life change dramatically I was a very healthy 51 wife, mama, and new Nana, and now an invasive breast cancer patient. I had always worked in health care so I knew the consequences but I was in complete denial. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at 51 but we had been estranged for years so I did not know her complete history, but she was actually the reason I had additional test that acknowledged the lump that had been there for three years on my mammograms. My husband was with me when I was diagnosed, but I really wanted to talk to my sister. My surgeon knew me from previous years of working in trauma care so he did my lumpectomy the next day. During my recovery I called my sister and rekindled a love only sisters could have when that special love is needed. During my treatment and for all of the years following my husband has been the most absolutely wonderful, loving and kind man God could give to any person. I responded very poorly to the Tamoxifen and required a hysterectomy in 2009, a knee replacement in 2011, and a hip replacement in 2013 and have now been diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis which started with my radiation treatment and is now effecting my entire body, but through it all my very loving husband has only become more and more affectionate and supporting, wonderful and loving. I am a Nana of two boys 7 and 3 another reason to keep on going and I work daily with children with cancers. Children are amazing, they don't know about death or are they afraid like an adult so they continue on just like it is just another day for them, and they have the most wonderful smiles. My sister and I are closer now than ever, she lost the love of life after a 16 year battle with cancer. I live everyday to the fullest and my husband and I don't miss an opportunity to tell each other we love you.
I did not have breast cancer but I am a 2 time Cancer Survivor. On February 2nd 2007 I had a full hysterectomy at the age of 37, due to Cervical & Uterine Cancer. At that time it was discovered the cancer had also spread to my ovaries & one of my lymph nodes so I underwent 6 weeks of aggressive Chemotherapy. I remained in remission until April of 2012 when the cancer reoccurred this time it was Vaginal Cancer, I underwent what my Oncologist called cell removal therapy this happened 4 times every 2 months. The cells continued to re grow & become more aggressive so again I underwent surgery 2 more times, once in November 2012 & again in January 2013. To date I am again in remission, I see my oncologist every 3 months for rechecks and I hold my breath until my results come back. I thank God everyday that I am a Cancer Survivor, I pray for everyone that has had to deal with this very ugly disease especially young women & children. I had Cancer but it never had me.
Best of luck to all whom face this disease & may you all win the fight against Cancer.
I was going to donate my hair in December but it was 2 inches short so i told them shave my head and my mom said no. How many like does a women get if she shaves her head to donate her hair?
I am a second timer. Diagnosed the first time in 2011 and then again in September 2013. This time around has been so much harder. A bi-lateral mastectomy and placement of tissue expanders in November. It was a horrible recovery - bad reaction to pain meds. Without my family I don't know how I would have gotten through it. They did everything for me - my husband is awesome and my kids when they were home for Thanksgiving break did whatever was asked of them. The Chemo started - I've been hospitalized after each treatment with neutropenic fever. During my second time inpatient my husband was taking our daughter back to Denver for school and our son sat with me in the hospital everyday and then took care of me once I got home. This is a 24 year old young man - I can't imagine it was very fun, but he came every single day and watched TV with me in that boring hospital room. I've since had another surgery to remove the tissue expanders due to infection and my chemo is on hold for until mid-February. My family has been there to help everystep of the way - whether it be enemas (yuck!), washing my hair (what's left of it) or just sitting with me and keeping me company. My work family has been great too - bringing cards, gift cards for food, just coming to visit and catch me up on what's happening. I know that many people are having a much harder time than I am - but it's not easy and having so many people love and pray for you and be there for anything you need has been awesome. I am blessed!
It was December 19, 2012. My husband and I laid in bed watching t.v. An ordinary day like so many others. He was feeling silly and reached over and poked my right breast. It was in that random moment of goofiness that started with a smile, that my life would transform faster than my smile changed into a look of shock. "What was that? Its not...it can't be...I'm 41...this can't be happening to me". My holiday was consumed with doctors visits, several tests and a wealth of fear. On Dec 28th the doctor called. It was invasive lobular carcinoma. It was in that moment, when life as I knew it just ceased to exist. At least that's how it felt. On January 25th I had a bi-lateral mastectomy and reconstruction. In the weeks to follow I suffered from various infections which required additional surgeries. By mid-March, I had undergone additional failed surgeries and hospitalizations. We decided to stop the reconstruction efforts as I was delaying the dreaded chemotherapy. In April the chemotherapy began, Eight rounds, once every three weeks. Then radiation. It was the worst 6 months of my life. Hair loss, weight gain, depression, fatigue, financial struggles, loss of femininity, my identity. Each day was a struggle. I learned a lot about the people in my life. My career suffered, my marriage suffered, my sanity was tested every day. I'm still not sure where the strength came from. I didn't think I possessed it. I used my sense of humor as much as I could, when I could find it. My husband was my rock. My doctors were my heros. My boss and coworkers loyal and understanding. In November 2013, the doctor said the words I longed to hear. "You are cancer free and 95% cured. You did it!" We cried together. The first tears of joy of the countless tears shed over the past year. On Jan 25, 2014, on the one year anniversary of my mastectomy, I participated in the Race for the Cure representing survivors with pride. Thank you God....for reminding me who I am.
September 1, 2013 I found a lump in my right breast and It was also swollen and painfull under my arm. Within the next week I had a mammogram, ultrasound and 3 biopsies. The results showed Stage III Breast Cancer (triple negative). The following week I had my port placed and was disgnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. On 1/10/14 I completed my 8th round of chemotherapy. I also had genetic testing done and am positive for BRCA2 gene. On 2/11/14 I am having a bilateral mastectomy and a total hysterectomy. I have fantastic support from my family, friends and coworkers. I WILL beat this and SURVIVE!!!
On the 16th of January 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28. The doctors were almost certain it was a fibroid, and even gave me the option of simply monitoring it's growth. I decided to go ahead with a biopsy and the next day was called into the doctor's office and told that I have breast cancer. A week later I went to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa. So far they believe based on the pet scan that it is stage IA. I'm what you call a triple positive. I'm estrogen, progesterone, and HER2+.Due to my young age they want to put me on tamoxifen for five years. I have to decide by Monday on either a mastectomy or a lumpectomy. Surgery will determine if I need chemo. Since I'm HER2+ I'll need Herceptin infusions ever three weeks for a year.I've started a Facebook page to support women under 30 who are diagnosed with breast cancer. It's very hard for a woman my age to find statistics that would help us make more informed decisions. https://www.facebook.com/BreastCancerUnder30
In the begining starting in April 2013 I had went to the emergency room to have my left breast checked because it was getting hot to the touch and kinda hard the er drs told me they treated me for infection in my breast and gave me some antibiotics and sent me home a few months later that didnt clear up I was scared beyond belief I waited till August and had went back to the er and they gave me more antibiotics threw a iv after being there in the hospital for a week I was told I may have breast cancer and they wanted to biopsy it to confirm it and sure enough it was in fact breast cancer.I seen a oncology Dr Dr.Brennen he told me I was stage4 metastatic breast Cancer so I started chemotherapy asap I've done 6 chemotherapy sessions its late January 2014 mY husband and 5 children has been my motivation along the way I'm scheduled for my surgery on February 6th 2014 for a lympecomy them one more chemotherapy on the 11th (my husband birthday) then I'll start my radiation soon after . I pray everyday and every night i beat cancer god bless