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Scariest Story Ever told

I am a 35 year old women, with 2 teenagers. I went to my gynocologist for my annual checkup, just like I do every year. She said that since I am on HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) that I should get my Baseline Mam. done. Neither of us felt anything. So, on a tuesday morning I had it done @ 10:30. By the time I got to work, they had already called me and wanted me to come back in for a Sonogram. I went in for the sonogram the following day. At which point after it was done, they took me right over to the doctor. In her words: "It don't look good, we need to get a biopsy of it." I scheduled the biopsy for the following day. I went in for the biopsy, and for all you women who are just starting this procedure.. it is relatively pain free and easy.

My Gyno called 2 days later, and said that it was inconclusive, that they need to do a open biopsy. They are pretty sure its cancer, but they don't know what type. I have surgery on Aug 6th, he is not going to do a open biopsy, he is just going to a lumpectomy and then biopsy it. At present my tumor is 1.6cm to 1.8cm.

I have found that I have more courage, and more will to live now more then ever.For all you women that know for sure, god bless you and my prayers are with you. For all you women that at the same point I am at cry, get babied, educate yourself and then move on and live. Do what you have to do, but fight.

Samantha
Ransomville, NY

A Double Whammy

After a routine mammogram and subsequent ultrasound and biopsy on each breast I was diagnosed in January 2009 with DCIS. Cancer in both breasts at the same time -- I could not believe this was happening! It was Stage 0, non-invasive, and my surgeon said it was the best kind of breast cancer you could have. No lymph nodes were affected for which I am really thankful. I had a lumpectomy on each breast followed by six weeks of radiation. After consulting with a medical oncologist I chose no further treatment and feel very optimistic. In addition to my health issues my husband underwent open heart surgery in February 2009. We have recuperated together and are both doing great. My tumors were so small they could not be felt by the doctor. That's why it is so important that we have annual mammograms. I am sixty-eight and thank God for every day.

Louise Hill
China Grove, NC

Just Eating Chips, Now I Have Cancer?

And that is how it started....sitting on my sofa in late Oct 2008, watching TV and eating some chips. I started to brush the crumbs of the front of my shirt and my hand hit an area on my left breast and it was sore. I started to push and probe and felt it..a lump I had not felt before. Several days later, my primary care physician said yes, we need to get that checked and referred me for an mammogram. After the mammogram, a biopsy was completed immediately. As the doctor stood there saying it was definitely cancer, explaining what needed to be done, all I could think was wait, CANCER, what is going on? God, this can't be happening!

So began the scans, the surgery to remove the tumor. the tubes, the Brache radiation treatment...and then the chemotherapy. As if having cancer wasn't scary enough. the anxiety of loosing my beloved hair was the kicker. I think until then I was pretty strong. As the weeks passed, my hair began to shed, finally while standing in the mirror pulling strand after strand (mind you, I loved my hair), it suddenly dawned on me that this is it (like the previous months weren't enough huh?). I did make it through chemotherapy, praying everyday, asking God to strengthen me for the next week. Praise God my last chemo session was April 24 and on to five weeks of radiation, every day. Radiation wasn't a bad process, just the sessions everyday left me exhausted, both physically and mentally.

But here I am on the other side of this big "C". Proud to say with God's help and the love and support of my great family and friends, I am a SURVIVOR. Early detection is the key..and chips!

Connie M Alexander
Avondale, AZ

share my story

I had a clear mammogram in November 2006 and in June 2007 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer after finding a lump in my right breast. As you can imagine I was in complete shock, The tumor was very large so I had no options. I have undergone a mastectomy, 6 months of chemo followed by 6 weeks of radiation. I am grateful for every day and to my family and friends and the many people that have been on this journey with me for their encouragement, prayers and hope for my recovery. I just celebrated my 60th birthday in April at Disney World!!! I am so blessed.

Julie H
Roanoke, IN

Stage 4 Mestastic Breast Cancer

Hi, my name is Debbie and I have been battling Breast Cancer for the past 3 yrs. In May of 2006, I was told I had Breast Cancer, I was totaling devastated, because my Mom had died from Cancer at the age of 28 and both of my Grandmother's died of Breast Cancer, so I was scared. It's been a long 3 yrs battling this horrible disease. It started in the breast, went through a mastectomy on the right side with nodes removed, went through a number rounds of chemo & radiation. Also, did herceptin for 1 yr and the Cancer came back in my Brain, Chest Wall and now my right lower lung. I have been told that my cancer is not curable, but it treatable, so right now I am on a aggressive treatment of Tykerb & Zeloda and am schedule for another CAT Scan on Aug 3, 2009 to see how things look. I will be having another MRI on the Brain soon too. So, I will be waiting to see how the scan turns out, hopefully good news.

I tried to stay positive for myself and my kids, I have to survive for them, even if it is only for a few years.

Thanks for listening,

Debbie

Debbie Gifford
Windsor Locks, CT

Live,love,laugh

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2000. I was 39 years old and had six young children. Thank God for family as I could not of gone through 6 months of chemo and 5 weeks of radiation with out them! My mom and my sisters made sure the kids and house was taken care of when I couldnt do it. Thanks so much to them.

I am a nine year survivior!!! My mom is 71 and was just diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. She is currently going through chemo and is losing her hair. She is the toughest woman I have ever known. I'm thinking about shaving my head to show that I support her. I did do the BRACA testing and it came back negative. Please make sure that you do monthly exams. Early detection does save lives.

Shelley Mark
Hooper, UT

Time can so easily just slip by

Don't let time slip by without taking care of yourself. I was never good at doing self-exams, and just never could remember to look up the phone number and make an appointment for a mammogram. I let 6 years go by in between mammograms. Yes, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and have undergone surgery and chemotherapy. Had I had more frequent mammograms, we would have caught it earlier and I could probably have avoided the chemo. Had I had a more aggressive tumor, I wouldn't be here to tell this story. But I'm almost a year out now from chemo and a mastectomy and am doing great, thanks to all of the medical advances in treating this disease. But, please, take care of yourselves and have regular mammograms!

Marianne
Atlanta, GA

I what???

In June 2005 my family doctor scanned my chart and said that I was almost 40 and it wouldn't hurt to get a baseline mammogram. I had a mammogram, then followed by an ultrasound. After the ultrasound I was whisked down the hall to the surgeon, 2 days later I had a biopsy. The surgeon said everything looked normal and sent me home. Three days later, I went in to have the stitches out. It was just a "routine" post-op checkup. My surgeon looked at me and blurted, "You have cancer." I had no one with me but my 8 year old daughter who was sitting at the nurse's station. My husband was at work and I just received the worst news of my life....alone. A few days later I was scheduled to have a lumpectomy. A week later, my husband who had been having back problems had major back surgery. Our first anniversary was spent with both of us recovering from surgery. I began chemotherapy and 14 days later I lost all of my hair. I cried out to God as I pulled handful after handful of hair and asked Him if He could subtract this fast since He knew the number of hairs on my head. August rolled around and it was time to go back to school. I had moved buildings and grade levels in May and now I had a ton of unpacking to do and a new grade level to adjust to. I didn't know if it was first grade or chemo that was kicking my butt. November rolled around and 6 weeks of radiation began. It has been 4 years and I am cancer free. I am so blessed to be healthy, enjoying my family and working at a job I love.

Sonja West
Webb City, MO

My Mom

My mom is 86 years old. She just had her second breast removed. The first was 2 years ago. She has never complained about it or any of the other health issues she had endured in the last ten years. I am no longer as afraid of this disease as I once was. My mom is my inspiration to take life as it comes & deal with whatever comes my way. I can only hope to be as courageous as she has been. I love you mom!

Lori Cohen
Mequon, WI

breast cancer and me

i am 51 years old just had surg. March 2009 finished radiation and 1 chemo some good days some not so good. my word for today and everyday TAKE ON DAY AT A TIME God only promise. i thank this web site has helped me a lot in this time of my life so stay stong love everyone LIVE

Monique
PHILA, PA
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