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A Light Amongst the Darkness

This is my journey with battling two types of breast cancer at 34.

I had two types of breast cancer, the most common AND the most rare, Paget’s disease of the breast. Well, it’s become a passion of mine to spread the word and make it more known about Paget’s disease of the breast.

I was misdiagnosed for a year. I had been seen by a dermatologist who performed a culture swab and skin shave biopsy. I was told that it was a rare bacterial infection, finegolda magna bacteria (f magna), that is usually found in the GI tract. I was treated with topical steroids and antibiotics. It kept coming back, and had started to get to where I always had to keep my nipple covered due to the oozing and ulceration. I knew in my gut it was more serious. During the course of the nipple showing signs of changes, I found a lump. I had multiple mammograms and ultrasounds, all showed I had fibrocystic breast disease with microcalcifications; I was 33 at this time.

In December 2016, I went to my GYN, because for over a year I had been battling the crusting oozing nipple. Two weeks later I was seen by a general surgeon for an excisional biopsy of the areola. In January 2017 the surgeon ordered a mammogram, ultrasound, and MRI with contras; he also ordered a u/s biopsy after the initial scans came back to see if the lump was DCIS. Between the time the excisional biopsy was performed and the ultrasound guided biopsy the dr called me and told me that it was Paget’s disease of the breast, and is very rare, but is fast developing and the only treatment is a mastectomy. A few minutes went buy, he called me back. I decided to get a second opinion, and it was confirmed it was Paget’s and DCIS. On 3/1/17 I had a mastectomy with reconstruction, and on 3/9/17 was told my margins were clear.

“I was given this journey because God knew I was strong enough to handle it.”

Laura Parker
Louisville, KY

My truth

Before March 5th 2017 I thought a Breast cancer survivor was a woman who had breast cancer and did not die from it. Boy was I wrong! Survivor doesn't give justice to what it is we really overcome. It's more than just not dying,it's about surviving the mental abuse that cancer will put you through, have you questioning&second guessing every decision you once were so sure of, it's about surviving the emotional abuse that to often leave you feeling crippled, but with no crutches, it’s about surviving while everything you once knew about yourself is being taken by an unseen imposter that confusingly,is you! it's about surviving through every life changing surgery, some so painful that at times you forget how to breath, praying for it to at least lessen just enough to catch your breath pain free for just a moment, but over time the pain does lessen unknowingly strengthening the way that we will view ourselfs, becoming proud to wear our permanent badge of honor, worn so beautifully becoming so much more than just our scars. But that won’t happen until we overcome everything we once never Thought We could, like having my breast removed, possibly having my ovaries removed and put on hormone therapy to stop the estrogen in which fuels my cancer, left me asking " if you take all of that from me, than how will I ever feel like i a woman again?" Being a survivor is the moment we are handed the pen in which our oncologist gives us and we are told to place our signature on a form (before we are given chemotherapy) stating that we understand that chemo will kill some of us. For me Being a breast cancer survivor doesn’t have anything to do with whether I survive or not, It’s the possibility that maybe, just maybe because of the fight in which I'm fighting today it will give my children and your children a greater possibility to never have to wonder whether they will lose their fight to breast cancer because we already fought that fight for them🖤

Corean Foley
Cortez, CO

Beginning the fight

My name is Laura, and I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, stage 1A. My oncologist says this is the most common breast cancer in women after menopause. I had taken advantage of the mobile mammogram unit that had come to my work, and very happy I did. My doctor is very optimistic that we caught this early and we can knock this out. I have a plan and I believe I will beat it. I have a wonderful support system. I click everyday and have done so for about 15 years. It is so important to get your mammogram's consistently in order to catch it early. I am ready to fight the fight. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I fight the fight!

Warrior, Laura

Columbus, OH

My Story

My story. Where do I start. No on ever wants to hear the words "you have cancer". On 10/14/14, I was told those words. I was diagnosed with Stage ll IDC. Was I scared? Yes. Was I mad? Yes. Was I sad? Yes. Did I cry? Yes. Hearing those words threw me into a whirlwind of.... what stage is it, how did this happen, what did I do wrong, why me, will I die, and many more. Then I was thrown into a whirlwind of appointments, scans, consultations, and procedures. Within a month I was having my first chemo treatment. After 6 rounds of chemo and a Bi Lateral Mastectomy with immediate TRAM Flap reconstruction (10 hour surgery on 4/22/15) I am cancer free. I did not need radiation. I wish there was a way I could pass on my positive attitude to others. I always say "everyday I wake up is a great day" and I mean it. I am always willing to share me experience in the hopes of helping someone. I am one of the lucky one's. There are many who have it a lot worse that I did. Don't get me wrong, everything about cancer sucks, but remember to breathe and take it one day at a time. There is light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to crawl thorough some pretty awful garbage in order to get there. You CAN do this. Keep on keeping on and and KICK CANCER'S BUTT!!!

Santa Clara, CA

A Walking Miracle

Marcia Higbee never thought she would get breast cancer. For ten years Marcia hadn't had a mammogram. When she realized that it had been so long since her last screening, she went for one in October 2009. The results of the mammogram revealed there was something suspicious. After a second mammogram and a biopsy, it was proved that Marcia had cancer in her left breast.

Her surgeon told her she would have to undergo surgery followed by seven weeks of radiation treatment. Marcia was in shock. As she returned to her car she thought "This could not be happening to me. This is a bad dream and I will eventually wake up."

Marcia and her husband Bill have been Christians over twenty five years. When she got hoem, theyt began to pray together. As they prayed, her fear was cast down and her faith built up. Every morning they prayed in the name of Jesus against the cancer cells. They commanded the cancer cells to shrink and die in Jesus' name.

Before the surgery, Marcia had a dream in which she was lying on the operating table with her surgeon standing over her. Behind the surgeon was Jesus with His hand around the surgeon's shoulder. Later she told the surgeon about the dream. He was surprised because another patient had given him a painting which showed the same picture.

Following surgery, Marcia went to the oncologist to learn of the results of the surgery. He was baffled because Marcia's tumor at surgery was only one quarter the size it was at the biopsy. He couldn't explain the cause for the tumor's dramatic decrease in size, but Marcia knew exactly why. "The name of Jesus shrank the tumor according to the way we prayed!

Now when Marcia goes to the grocery store or does other shopping and sees another woman wearing pink, she talks to this person. " I tell her what God did for me and He will do the same for her. What the devil meant for bad, God can turn for good."

Marcia Higbee
Reading, PA

My Truth...

I use to think a "Breast cancer survivor" meant a woman who had breast cancer and did not die from it. Boy was I wrong! "Survivor" doesn't give justice to what it is we really overcome. It's more than just "not dying" it's about surviving the mental abuse that cancer will put you through everyday,it's about surviving the emotional abuse that cancer will make sure you endure day in and day out, it's about surviving while everything you know about yourself is know longer their and you have to figure out who the new you is, it's about surviving through every surgery that is slowly taking away bits and pieces of your body, some having their breast removed, ovaries removed and put on hormone therapy to stop the estrogen in which fuels their cancer, leaving them with the question" if you take all of that, what says I'm a woman?" Being a survivor is the moment we are handed the pen in which our oncologist gives us and we place our signature before we are given chemotherapy saying that we understand that chemo will kill some of us. For me Being a breast cancer survivor may not have anything to do with whether I survive or not but more about because of the fight in which I'm fighting today hopefully gives my children and your children a chance to never have to try and survive through breast cancer because we already fought the fight for them

Cortez, CO

3 years since my last chemo

On July 9th, it will be 3 years since my last chemo. How time has flown! For those of you fighting the fight, please know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel - you simply have to flick it on! Never lose hope and surround yourself with positive energy! Discard all the negative! You have enough going on! Focus on you and winning your battle. No one else can do it for you. One day at a time. You can do it!! 💕

Nina Wozniak
Montreal, QC, Canada

Getting on with life

I last posted almost a year ago, when my cancer came back for the third time. Since then I have had a double mastectomy, and am waiting for my gene testing to see if they want to do a hysterectomy.

Guess what!!!!!! I am flat and fabulous!!!!!! A few extra lumps and bumps (dog ears).......BUT NO CANCER!!!!!!

Oh I know it can still come back, but I live for now!


All three of mine were detected through my mammograms, and all three were small. Two were invasive, but luckily not in the lymph nodes.

I live for my 4 children, 4 grandkids, wonderful husband, 2 dogs, and to share my experience with anyone who wants to listen, in the hopes it will help even one person.

Trenton, ON, Canada

Nineteen years and still going....

I wrote 5 years ago my story (which I can't seem to find on here). My journey was filled with miracles. My life has been blessed. My diagnosis was a Stage 3..and through the great blessings of my Father in Heaven...had been downgraded to a Stage 2. Only through the great love that my Father in Heaven has for me - great faith and trust - and the love and support of my family - I am here today! Six beautiful children, eight wonderful grandchildren. I feel healthy, strong and ready to take on the world. Don't give up.

Dianne Singleton
Springville, UT

Pink Sisters, Ink Sisters

Meaningful Ink Sisters

We chose to be Ink Sisters after life made us Pink Sisters.

Allow me to introduce my Pink Sister, Ink Sister, Robin. We have been friends for 20+ years. Our daughter's grew up together and were good friends. During my breast cancer diagnosis, Robin took my youngest daughter with her family to visit Washington, DC which really helped my daughter get away from the whole cancer environment and have meaningful time with friends. Now, Robin and I are Pink Sisters. She was diagnosed with breast cancer three years after my diagnosis. We chose to become Ink Sisters.

Robin volunteered to go on this adventure with me. She got this beautiful tattoo on her calf because her prayer through her treatment was and continues to be: To Walk In Faith. Robin is a five year cancer survivor.

My tattoo is special because it represents overcoming breast cancer. I designed this tattoo to include the word ‘Hope’. The most important part of my tattoo is that little word hope. Do you see the cute little legs on each side of the ‘H’ and that special ‘e’ as the last letter? I love that about my tattoo because it is my five year old granddaughter’s handwriting. Therefore, it is so special. Every imperfect line of the ‘e’ is perfect to me.

Every time I look down at my wrist, I'm reminded that I am an eight year cancer survivor. I am also reminded that this is a mark I chose to put on my body and that I am a warrior.

Laura Starner
Lakeland, FL
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