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My experience with breast cancer!!

When diagnosed I was 66 -years of HRT . After a lumpectomy -was told only a Mastectomy could cure me. I asked what kind of cancer and was told invasive-lobular with propensity of 80-90% spread!! Opted for bilateral=found I was fortunate --stage 1.

On Tomoxafin for 5 months I developed cataracts--when I asked to go on Arimidex-discovered ist side affect of previous was this!!

After 8 years on Arimidex and frequent testings I was discharged by Oncologist==after I had ruptured implants of saline but with silicone edges similar to a tire with an inner tube. upon removal- yes silicone was in the cavity--well cleansed and ok. now with no implants.

Howev er I have learned some have actually molded inside and caused a general Bacterial infection. My advice is forget implants-- at 73,- I am clean and a stuffed or padded bra gives enough contour without the concern of medical problems! branning retired R.N.

Cindy Branning
Port Orange, FL

My Breast Cancer Story

On August 4, 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was after having a needle biopsy, which was after having my routine mammogram. Even though the news was devastating, it was caught early enough that I was diagnosed with the noninvasive type. I chose to have a double mastectomy due to the fact that my mother had passed away from breast cancer and I wanted to make sure that all the cancer was gone. I am coming up on my one year anniversary and I can say, "I'm cancer free!" I encourage everyone to do your monthly self-exams as well as getting your annual mammograms. It could save your life.

Kathy Sweeney
Little Rock, AR

Thank you

I would like to say Thank You to all the people who click and support this website. I know from personal experience how important the free mammograms are. I found a small lump about a month after losing my job and my health insurance. I went to the local health clinic and they gave me a voucher for a free mammogram, at that time my tumor was found and I had a radical modified mastectomy which saved my life. The tumor was caught just inches from my lumph node system and I did not have to undergo radation. I have been cancer free for 5 years, I never take these years for granted. I now have 4 grandchildren I would have never known without the free mammogram. Thank you Thank you Thank you

Tina Marquardt
Ogden, UT

Help yourself, before surgery

Do not let you primary care physician send you to a doctor to do the surgery, go immediately to a Plastic surgeon to get the surgery done. My breast is a sad story of how I allowed a "surgeon" to operate on me and leave the biggest mistake of my life. I must live with what I have as my insurance tells me it is now just cosmetic. B.S. It is tramautic to have to look every day at the horrible scar across my breast, no nipple, etc., I am so sorry that no one instructed me before my surgery. Be alert and responsible. Gladys

Gladys Meredith
North Las Vegas, NV

I am a breast cancer survivor

At the age of 43, I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. My husband and I were about to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Instead, I had a lumpectomy, chemo and then radiation. I am now an 8 yr survivor and we have celebrated several more anniversaries and I thank God, my family and friends (and my WONDERFUL doctors) for giving me the strength & courage to face the disease headon. It is a life-changing experience but it doesn't have to be a bad one!!

Sarasota,, FL

Nancy's Adventure

I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer on March 4, 2008. I had just turned 40 the previous December. I was devistated, but I knew that I could beat this because I had two daughters to finish raising. I had a double masectomy on March 20, 2008 followed by 16 weeks of chemo and 5 weeks of radiation. I completed my reconstruction on July 8, 2009. I have learned an important lesson that I have passed on to others, There are things in this life you can control and can't control. I could not control the cancer and what it had done to me, but I could control how I reacted to the procedures and treatment, that is what go me through. I feel lucky and privilaged to have gone on and completed this journey.

Nancy Ehrich
Salt Lake City, UT

Self-Exams Are Important Too!

Every year I went for my Mammogram, in 2003 I went in April and the results were good. I still did my self exams and in November of that year I felt a lump. I went to my doctor and she ordered a biopsy. It came back I had breast cancer. In a matter of 7 months. Yes Mammograms are important but so are your self exams. 6 years later still cancer free.

Hazel OBrien
Marysville, OH

Only With a Mammogram

I had my normal every year mammogram in April and was called in for a redo because there was something suspicious on the mammogram. I went in and had another mammogram and they found some calcification that they wanted to do a biopsy on. I had the biopsy and it was 0 stage cancer which is the very earliest. Had a lumpectomy on May 13th and they removed all of the calcification. They got all of it out after I had another mammogram to confirm. The radiologist recommended that I go thru radiation treatments to give me only a 5% chance of it coming back instead of 35%. I have to have 33 treatments and I will go for my 19th one today. I am doing okay, just a little soreness around the nipple area but am allowed to us clear aloe on it so that helps. I have recommended to all my friends at work that they have their mammograms faithfully because mine would not have been discovered without one because it was not a lump. Thank God for Mammograms which I have had yearly for many many years. I am a 75 year old female who at my age sure didn't expect to get cancer. I have never smoked and have worked in a smoke free building ever since I started working there 24 years ago. No one in my immediate family smokes. Anyone can get cancer. God Bless all of the Cancer survivors and everyone!

Toledo, OH

You Need a Great Attitude!

I just celebrated 16 years being a survivor. It's been a rough road. I have been thru it all but, I'm still HERE!! Thank you GOD!! I believe in the four things. First, the faith of God, Second the skillful hands of my doctor and their knowledge of Breast Cancer, Third my wonderful friends and family who keep me going and are always there, Fourth the most important thing a great ATTITUDE!!

I have had 3 lumpectomy and finally a mastectomy all on the same breast. Later it advanced thru several bones. I had chemo and radiation several times. Feeding Tubes and womb vac. When I was first diagnosed in 1994 just a few months before my wedding. I first said why me and I'm going to die. Then I said no I'm not going to die and why not me. I will fight this and I will walk down the aisle to meet my husband who I was engaged to for 13 years. I did make my wedding and it was beautiful.

Life is tough and you never know what is in store for you in the future. You have to have faith in God and a great Attitude. I try to help in anyway I can. Many of my friends ask me if I can talk to this one or that one. I never refuse. I guess I help because before we end out conversation they are laughing and they do call me on several occassions. Whether they had a bad day or not feeling well from their treatments I will be there for them.

I will add one more thing, don't refuse help. People want to help it makes them feel less helpless. I always did. I felt like I was a burden. It's not.

God Bless!!

Shelley LaCross
Westfield, MA

Lifesaving Mastectomy

I was an extremely healthy 63 year-old when my annual mammogram found a small lump in my breast just before Thanksgiving. I was preparing for a lumpectomy when my doctor sent me for an MRI because she did not like the look of all the micro-calcification in my breast. The MRI also found three areas of pre-cancer so, instead of a lumpectomy, I was now going to have a mastectomy. I had surgery two weeks before Christmas and looked forward to starting the new year with the surgery behind me. Then I was told that I had a very nasty, agressive type of cancer and should have chemotherapy.

Luckily I work in an office and sit at a desk because I had to work as much as possible during chemo. I am divorced and needed my paycheck and my insurance. My children are grown but one of my sons took care of me during surgery and chemo. I finished my 6 chemo treatments in May of 2008 and finished a year of Herceptin antibody treatments in January 2008. I feel wonderful and thank God for each new day. My mission in life is to tell everyone I meet how important it is to get mammograms and checkups, and that men can also get breast cancer.

I have a lot of faith in God and I do not worry about what tomorrow will bring. I try to enjoy each and every day to the fullest and am grateful that I am again a happy, healthy 65 year-old.

Carole Holmes
Margate, FL
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