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Four little words and my Hero's

In 2005 I heard those four little words "you have breast cancer". The tears came instantly. I didn't hear another word the Dr. was saying. Shock took over my very existance for that moment. Those four little words suddenly became huge. One of those words took over my life for several months as I fought to win the war against it. During that fight I had a mastectomy of the left breast and was fortunate to be able to have reconstructive surgery. I am now cancer free and have been for four years. I hope I never have to hear those four little words again and I hope that other women never have to hear them either. Thank you to the people who provide and support the cause to cure this terrible desease.

My friends and family tell me that I am their hero but I disagree, they are MY hero's every one of them. They stood beside me and encouraged me every step of the way. Thank you.

So I say to every one, hang in there ladies, there is hope.

Diana Yurkovitch
Marysville, WA

On Remission since October 2007

I was diagnosed with left breast cancer May 2007 and a week later I had a Lumpectomy with a Sentinel Node Procedure and five days later I needed another Lumpectomy as there were residuals of cancer. Three weeks later I had the port inserted to begin Chemotherapy for which I had six sessions and after Radiation provided through a catheter that was inserted on my left breast. Radiation was for only for five days, twice a day. Ever since, I have been on remission and all I can say it wasn't easy but with the help of my family, my doctors and my co-workers who took care of me and were there for me at all times, made my life much easier. I had my mammograms performed on a yearly basis and thanks to this it was caught on time and my advise to everyone to do their mammogram on a yearly basis; I myself am here because of it.

Juana Maldonado
Miami, FL

Thank God and Dr. Kevin Cockerill

Thank God and Dr. Kevin J. Cockerill--(Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fl.) on Sept. 23, 2009, I will celebrate 21 years cancer free. On Sept. 23, 1988, I was wheeled into surgery and had a radical mastectomy.with a worried daughter at my side....today I am a very happy grandmother of two boys ages 10 and 7...had it not been for the Grace of God and the knowledge of Dr. Cockerill, I know this would not be possible

Jackie Day
Jacksonville, FL

Remember to take time for yourself

May 11, 2000: "They said it's Breast Cancer". Those were my mother's calm words to us during the family meeting that was called and words that will haunt me for the rest of my life. As I sat in disbelief I'm thinking to my self, "Breast Cancer, what? There's no history of Breast Cancer in our family, this has to be wrong". Well, not only was it NOT wrong, she was already in stage 3 of the disease. May 11, 2000: The day my family's world as we knew it, ended forever.

8 months & 6 days later, one day shy of her 57th birthday, I lost my best friend to Breast Cancer, my beautiful mother.

I share this with you because I don't want anyone to ever have to experience what my family and I have had to experience and still continue to experience today and everyday. The unnecessary loss of someone you love and cherish to your very core.

My mother was selfless & always busy doing things for others along with taking care of others. Had she remembered to take the time for herself & had her annual mammogram, this unnecessary & heartbreaking loss could have been prevented as we have learned; you don't have to have any Breast Cancer history in your family to fall victim to this disease.

An estimated 192,370 new cases will be reported in 2009. Please take the time, get your annual mammograms. Please, remind all those beautiful women in your life, mothers, sisters, wife, daughters, nieces, grandmothers, neighbors, friends, etc. that early detection is the only way to prevention.

I've supported this amazing site for many years. Wouldn't it be wonderful if 2009 was OUR year!

Please do your part and what you can in the hopes of finding a cure!

Carie Brockus
Rialto, CA

Sisters share breast cancer!!

I had a partial mastectomy in 1990 with radiation.

My lump showed up in my annual mammogram.

My younger sister had a partial mastectomy in 1991.

She had radiation and chemo as she had one lymph node involved.

Roni passed away 2 years ago after having chemo for three years

for colon and liver cancer, unrelated to her breast cancer.

Another sister, Phyllis had a partial mastectomy in 2000 with radiation.

Phyllis and I are doing well. We think positive!!

Myrna

Port Carbon, PA

Myrna Everly
Port Carbon, PA

IT EVEN HAPPENS TO MEN

Even though I'm a man, when I was 16 years old, and being a competitive swimmer, my bare chest was always exposed. I held several national records at the time. But I suddenly developed a lump in my left breast. It didn't hurt, but it looked terrible. I would always keep a towel draped over my left shoulder to hide it. Being of the age at where how you looked was so important, I went to the doctor with it. This was in 1956. He took a biopsy and diagnosed it at first as gynecomastia. I wasn't sure but I sure wanted to look normal for all the girls. So he decided to remove the left mammary gland just for safety sake. it turned out to be benign, yet I had a five inch scar that almost looked as bad as the lump itself. But at least our minds were relieved that it wasn't cancer. As I have grown older it still looks terrible, but I'm beyond the age of being afraid of how I look. So it can happen to anyone at any age. I thank God it was benign and we had it removed.

Jerry Masters
Jackson, MS

DCIS

I was diagnosed after my annual mammogram in April 2007 with non-invasive DCIS. After having a lumpectomy & radiation therapy I am still cancer free 2 years later & taking my daily dose of tamoxifen. My mother died of breast cancer after a 2 year battle - she was only 56 yrs old. I recommend every women do self exams and get their mammograms.

Barb M
San Jose, CA

My Mother, My Friend, My Hero, My Angel

I lost my mom to breast cancer on 11/6/08 1 day after my second daughter was born. I know she is watching over us everyday and that if she would have had a mammogram she might still be here today please take time to have this done so you don't have to write this same story my mom was 61 to young to go to heaven. Mom I love you forever and always.

Love Sara

Sara
Maryville, TN

Chelsea's Birthday

My story is one of love and hope. Chelsea Hancock turned 16 on July 24th 2009. To celebrate her sweet 16 she decided she wanted to host a fundraiser for the NBCF. Her reason behind this idea was her grandmother Julia Hancock who she lost in 1998 to breast cancer, mainly due to the lack of funding so she could get to her chemo treaments. So we started planning and soliciting donations. We scheduled the event for July 25th. At the time this barely gave us a month to get everything together. Even small fundraisers take alot of work. then suddenly word got out and this little sweet 16 event turned into a massive party. The whole area stepped up to support Chelsea, we had a free luncheon, live auction, and a local mammogrm center sent us a guest speaker and donated a free mammogram. We had over 65 area business's donate to the auction. The local news paper, radio station, and a news channel out of Louisville came out and did interviews. Chelsea's sweet 16 was an awesome success. We raised over $3000.00 for the NBCF ( money is still coming in at this time) and made many new friends along the way. The NBCF gave us permission to use their LOGO, and we set up a web site for Chelsea www.ChelseaNBCF.com . God places us all together when the reason is truly good and takes us to the top. Thank you Chelsea for letting me be a part of this awesome event, you touched me deeply with your love and conviction to this cause. Not many girls would willingly give up their 16th birthday. God Bless You as I am Blessed by the gift of knowing you.

Alicia Armstrong

Alicia Armstrong
Elizabethtown, KY

An extra scary Halloween!

I will never forget Halloween 2005. I was at work and the phone rang. It was the doctor's office asking to see me - preferably now. Since I had been going through mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, etc. I asked if they found cancer and the answer was yes.

Having just lost my younger sister to cancer in August, it was a nightmare to call my other two sisters and niece and tell them. We hadn't even had time to mourn Tona and now I was starting my own journey. Two hours later my sisters, niece and I were sitting with a surgeon. It is so strange - I went to work healthy and now I am deciding my options.

Having gone through my sister's journey of chemo for six years I didn't want chemo - I had to work to support myself and couldn't be sick. So I agreed to a lumpectomy (which they had to do twice and then I had an infection), radiation and Herceptin.

It will be four years on Halloween and during this time I have had one scare and had a lump removed that was not cancer. Other than that it is actually hard to remember all the tests, treatments or even that I had cancer.

A friend and breast cancer survivor told me when diagnosed "Your life as you knew it will never be the same." She was right - I try and enjoy each day to the fullest and love my family and friends more and more. Life is precious!

Jackie VerVoort
Appleton, WI
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