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My Second Chance at Life

I was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer on March 9, 2005. I told myself that I would not let this disease get me and promised myself that I would fight it. I subsequently had a lumpectomy followed by a sentinel node biopsy. No lymph nodes were involved, and I was on my way to thirty-five days of radiation. I met wonderful friends while awaiting my treatment, and to this day, we are all still friends. I am on my way to March of 2010 when I will be cancer free for five years. I am now every active in the support of fighting breast cancer with the help of my family, friends and co-workers. My team, Christine and Her Breast Friends, have raised close to $20,000 in the last five years. I tell everyone that I now look at life differently and that I am now looking forward to celebrating the fifth year of my new life!

Christine Abatiello
Warwick, RI

Almost 5 years

It has been almost 5 years since my husband Brock died from BREAST CANCER. The numbers of men get breast cancer is getting to be more and more. But yet the breast cancer sites are not doing much more to get the word out MEN GET BREAST CANCER, TOO. Yes I understand more women get breast cancer than men but why should it matter who gets breast cancer? The word needs to get out so everyone knows about male breast cancer. It was said a year ago that 1% of ALL breast cancer is in MEN. Well recently I heard it is now UP to 9% of all breast cancer is in men. If you want to see a picture of me, go to FOX 13 Tampa, FL and click on Dr. Jo's site.(see below for link) Put in male breast cancer and watch as I tell the story of my husband's battle with BREAST CANCER. No person should have to go through what Brock went through. Men need to do self breast exams just like women so they can detect anything out of the norm. Then they can get to a doctor for help.

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/Dr_Jo_Male_breast_cancer

Think about how I felt the day I was told by one breast cancer site that there was NO ROOM on the home page to put one sentence "MEN GET BREAST CANCER, TOO". Just one sentence for people to click on to find out this truth. NO ROOM for a sentence that can save lives. If people don't know men get breast cancer then how can they find any information?

Kriss M Bowles
Land O' Lakes, FL

BC Survivor

I was diagnosed with breast cancer January 2008. It was Stage 1 ductal carcinoma, small, contained, good words to use when describing breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, and now am on breast cancer fighting drugs for the next 5 years. There is a Bible verse that I have used repeatedly in my life, James 1:2-4: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." However, I am not joyful about having breast cancer; I am scared. But I trust God because He has proven Himself trustworthy to me. This is what God has ordained for my life, and I will walk the path He has laid before me. One of my wise women friends told me that the will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. And so the breast cancer adventure begins. Let me mention what breast cancer cannot do:

What Cancer Cannot Do

Cancer is so limited ...

It cannot cripple love,

It cannot shatter hope,

It cannot corrode faith,

It cannot eat away at peace,

It cannot destroy confidence,

It cannot kill friendship,

It cannot shut out memories,

It cannot invade the soul,

it cannot reduce eternal life,

It cannot quench the spirit,

It cannot lessen the power

of the resurrection.

Myra
Atlanta, GA

My mom, Aunt, Cousin and me

March 8, 2008 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just a few months before my 31st birthday and a few months after my mom, her sister and their cousins' one year survivor anniversary. My aunt and cousin Jen are now two time survivors. It was the worst day of my life, but also changed my life for the better. I look at things differently now and a lot stronger for the battle was rough. I had a lumpectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation. I didn't take well to the chemo and was always sick and in the hospital. On October 28, 2008, when radiation and chemo were all done and I had my check up, I went in very scared to my oncologist. It turned out to be one of the best days I have had in months. I was now completely cancer free and I plan on stayin g that way for a long time. Keep up the good fight all you beautiful women and never give up there is always hope.

Lindsay Ullman
Chardon, OH

almost one year

It will be one year August 12 since my lumpectomy. I found my lunp during my monthly exam. I was between a stage 1 and 2 cancer I had two types iinvasie and noninvasive.I went through surgay and had 35 radation treatement and have never looked back. I pary everyone will do their self exams along with mammograms. I just got to hold my second great grandaughter 3 weeks ago. I am 62 years and look forward to many more years of being cancer free .

BarbaraRedmon
Franklin, GA

I'm an almost 5 year survivor

Since all of my previous mammograms had been normal, I almost decided not to have one in 2004. My daughter convinced me to go ahead anyway. A small malignant tumor in my left breast was found. A lumpectomy & radiation treatments followed, and I am approaching my 5th year of being cancer-free. Early detection - and my daughter - saved my life.

I will live to see my grandchildren grow up - and spoil them along the way!

Rose Mary
Jacksonville, FL

Linda's Living Legacies

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. If I hadn't been going for my early exams, I may have never been diagnosed. Having a lumpectomy and 37 treatments of radiation, I am happy to say I have been "clean" since September 2007. It is very important to get your exams as often as possible. I recently lost an older sister to skin cancer and I am now awaiting results of my biopsies for this also. If I didn't have the support and strength of my family and friends I don't think I would have gotten through the breast cancer or what lies ahead. They are all my angels, and I definitely have a "special" angel in heaven and a shining star in the night sky. I only hope that I can have Linda's strength and will power.

Jeannie Houghtalen
Binghamton, NY

FIVE YEARS OF SURVIVAL

I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER FIVE YEARS AGO. I CHOSE TO HAVE A MASTECTOMY. MY HUSBAND WAS MY BEST SUPPORTER. WE HAD BEEN MARRIED 48 YEARS AT THE TIME AND WE DECIDED ONE MORE SCAR WOULDN'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON MY DISFIGURED BODY. I DIDN'T WANT RADIATION, I JUST WANTED IT OFF AND NO MORE CANCER, MY DEAR HUSBAND DEVELOPED PROSTATE CANCER THE VERY NEXT YEAR. HIS BATTLE WASN'T AS EASY AS MINE. I LOST HIM LAST YEAR. GOD HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME IN THESE FIVE YEARS EVEN THOUGH I LOST MY HUSBAND OF 52 1/2 YEARS. WE WERE INSEPARABLE DURING HIS ILLNESS AND THAT IS WHERE I SHOULD HAVE BEEN. THANK GOD, HE KEPT ME GOING!!!! I GO BACK FOR MY FIVE YEAR CHECK UP IN AUGUST

AND WILL HAVE A MAMMOGRAM IN DECEMBER. B THE WAY, A MAMMOGRAM WAS WHAT LOCATED MY TUMOR. LADIES PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO HAVE YOUR MAMMOGRAMS DON E AND MEN DON'T FORGET TO HAVE YOUR PSA'S TAKEN.

Sherry Stuard
Fort Worth, TX

etait ce vraiment du courage ou simplement du bon sens ?

ce n'est pas la peine de chercher vos mots docteur ,je sais ce qu'il ya et ce que je vais faire: une mastectomie prophylactique

devant moi sur l'ecran de radio je fixais la tache blanche aussi grande qu'un pouce sur le sein droit

un froid me saisissait , me glaait

ma voix sortait bizarre ,metallique

c'etait ma quatrieme mammographie en trois ans

les trois premieres etaient negatives

ma mere etait au stade terminal de son cancer su sein apres 2ans et demi de lutte ,ablation du sein droit ,chimio,radiotherapie traitements ,...

11 cas de cancer dans la famille maternelle et paternelle ou meme deux hommes cousins de ma mere sont morts a quelques mois l'un de l'autre du cancer du sein

j'en savais plus sur le sujet que la pauvre doctoresse qui voulait me reconforter

je la rassurai vite et sortis voir mon mari

nous avions deja aborde le sujet et j'avais avance sue si je voyais le moindre kyste je ferai une mastectomie

il me dit de ne pas me precipiter a prendre une decision

mais ma decision etait prise bien avant ce jour et sans attendre aucune analyse

deux semaines apres ma mere decedait enfin liberee des douleurs atroces que meme les dernieres drogues anti douleur ne soulageaient pas

quatre mois plus tard je suis passee sur la table ou j'ai laisse une belle poitrine

j'ai refuse de faire une reconstruction

j'ai repris deux mois apres mon poste d'enseignante de mathematiques au lycee

et trois ans apres je me porte comme un charme

et ma vie de famille continue comme avant

j'ai beaucoup prie et dieu m'est venu en aide

je n'ai vu aucun psychologue et n'ai pris aucun calmant ou anti depresseur

tout mon entourage parle de courage mais je sais que c'etait simplement du bon sens

yamina
alger, Algeria

Careful dilligence

My mother found a lump on her breast at age 52. She had a radical mastectomy and radiation. She was a trouper through it all and my father was loving and supportive. At age 78 she found another cancer site via mammography and had a second, less radical mastectomy.

I, too, have been dilligent in getting mammography. So far I have had a benign tumor removed in my twenties and have found two sites of lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), areas of calcifications that are markers for future cancer. My mother knew and I know that through early detection we can survive.

Lois Benjamin
Frederick, MD
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