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I have been a breast cancer survivor for 5 years. My mother died of breast cancer in 1990. The physician that did her mastectomy told my 2 sisters and myself that we needed to be very careful and keep up with the mammograms. My doctor found a lump in my breast on a Thursday. I went for a mammogram that last 3 hours on Friday. They took so many pictures because it turns out I had 3 tumors in my left breast. On Monday I saw the surgeon and he explained to me that I had cancer. I was numb at first, but later was scared to death since I lost my mom to cancer. I had a mastectomy and lymph node removal the following Thursday. I had one lymph node positive for cancer, however, they took out 39 lymph nodes. I had chemotherapy for 8 months and now I am cancer free. Praise God!! I support this website because early detection is the key and there is nobody exempt from possibly getting cancer. I have a new perspective on life. I love each day and I don't take many things for granted anymore. I have 3 wonderful boys and hope to never go thru cancer again. Hopefully they will find a cure as long as people keep supporting their research. If you have breast cancer right now, hang in there, take good care of yourself and you will get thru it and life will get back to normal.

Dayton, OH

My Family History

My mother was diagnosed in her early 30's. I had a maternal aunt diagnosed at 25 and ovarian cancer at some age after the breast cancer diagnosis. An additional maternal aunt was diagnosed at 22 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at a later age. A third maternal aunt was diagnosed in her early 40's. In addition, I have a 1st cousin diagnosed at 45 and two 2nd cousins diagnosed in their 30's.

After losing my mother at 49, I decided to test for the gene. I carry a genetic change in the BRCA1 gene. I have a significantly increased chance of developing breast cancer. I chose to have a prophylactic bi-lateral mastectomy & reconstruction at 26.

Shannon Douglas-Gordon
Fort Smith, AR

I'm a SurvivorI

In 1990, I had a mastectomy for breast cancer. In 1997, it returned in my lung, & I had surgery followed by chemo. Yesterday I had an extensive mammogram & ultrasound. Nothing was found, Praise the Lord. You can also be a survivor!

Dee Humphrey
Sacramento, CA

Cancer Can Hurt

I was 38 years old when diagnosed with cancer. My chest started hurting. I felt a knot the size of a golf ball that came up overnight. Next day I went

to see my doctor. She looked at it and thought it was a cyst. Refusing to take a chance she had me go do my mammo and a sono for the first time. They detected a spot in my left breast. Did a lumpectomy the next week.. Everyone kept telling me not to worry. The old words "Cancer doesn't hurt" and "you have no family history" were said by so many... I suppose it was for encouragement...Anyway, 3 days later I received a call that YES it was cancer. Found out that I had to have a mastectomy on my left side. Went to see the plastic surgeon for my reconstruction appointment and he informed me that I had to quit smoking for at least 2 weeks or he wouldn't do the surgery. Cold Turkey that night. Thought I was loosing it when the doctor called again to inform me that I had to have a hysterectomy because my hormones were causing my cancer. Lovely. 6 hours of surgery. Mastectomy, hysterectomy, TRAM flap reconstruction, and 4 days in the hospital, what a combo. Next is chemo..Then the loss of my hair. Fortunately I had my wig and it was awesome. THANKS AFLAC. However, I did get my tummy tuck... And might I add that all the doctors did a wonderful job. The only tatoo I will ever have the courage to get. Well 3 1/2 years in remission. YEAH!! Thanks to all my wonderful family and friends. Congrats to all the survivors and may god bless each and every one of you....

marcy nighswonger
Osawatomie, KS

There is Hope with Life

What an adventure in 2008. Told had breast cancer in March, scheldued for mastecomy in April and was canceled as spots were found on lungs

and had spread to nymph nodes. Started treatment with chemo and herceptin in May. Finsihed chemo in Oct and still on herceptin, thanks

to the people who came before me. I was a stage 4; treatable, not curable but am now a year survivor and still good on all tests.

Pat Harris
Santa Maria, CA

NEVER question intuition

I was diagnosed in Oct of 2007 with the "best breast cancer" you could have if you have to have it. DCIS. I am so glad for my dear friend who too was diagnosed with breast cancer 8 years ago. I was not feeling right about my doctors opinion of my annual mammogram. I didn't feel any lumps or bumps but couldn't put my finger why I was feeling this way. She said I was fine and come back in a year. Well I went around feeling this way for about a month. I told my dear friend Gloria a nurse, how I was feeling and she said go see my doctor. He's really good and you will love him. This doctor is a breast surgeon and specializes in breast health. I took my mammo pictures with me for him to look at. He looked at them and also had me do another mammogram. When he got the results about an hour later he asked me to have a biopsy...I did and 2 days later found out I had Breast Cancer and 3 days later had partial masectomy. Radiation and Tamoxifen followed. I am in my second year taking Tamoxifen and feel good. When I gave my doctor the reason for being there in the first place he said to me,,,"Linda I NEVER question a womens intuition"

Go figure! I am glad he feels that way. Because I have three daughters and 2 grandughters my new doctor said it might be a good idea to have genetic testing done. I did and BRAC1 and BRAC 2 are not in my genetics. Thank you Lord.

Schaumburg, IL

What Cancer Cannot Do

It cannot cripple Love, It cannot shatter Hope, It cannot corrode Faith,

It cannot destory Peace, It cannot kill friendship,

It cannot suppress Memories, It cannot silence Courage,

It cannot invade the Soul, It cannot steal eternal Life,

It cannot conquer the Spirit.

I lost my 65 year old mom to metastized breast cancer (bone cancer)

last month. My mom loved that poem and I read it everyday in her memory. God bless everyone dealing with this terrible disease. Keep your spirits up and your love alive. This Web site helps me a lot and I

really appreciate reading everyone's brave stories.

In loving memory of my mom Cremilde Oliveira,

Kathleen Morrison
Lees Summit, MO

My bout with breast cancer.

In Feb.2007 I found a lump in my right breast. I immediately went to my doctor and she sent me to have an MRI and mamogram. They found a large mass and sent me to have a biopsy. The biopsy was positive for cancer. I started chemo 2 weeks later for 6 months. I was one of the lucky ones. I wasn't sick but one time but was very tired all the time. After the chemo was over I had a mastectomy and they removed 13 lymph nodes. Only one was positive for cancer. Thank God. Then I had 30 treatments of radiation every day , Monday-Friday. The radiation burned my skin and then I had to take chemo pills for 3 more months. This happened for over a year. I had an MRI in May of this year and I am cancer free... My underarm is numb and will always be and I still have some pain from the surgery but other than that I'm doing ok now. I still get real tired and I can't lift heavy things but God has been with me through it all. Without Him I couldn't have gotten through it. The best way to get through it is to be positive. I just got married in April and am very happy. That's why I click every day so that someone less fortunate can get a mamogram and maybe not have to go through what I went through .

Bonita Wilkins
Timberlake, NC

i am a survivor

I am a survivor! 5 yrs. ago I went to the obygn to have a pap smear. he suggested I have a mamogram early cause my grandmom had just lost her left breast. They found cancer in my left breast. DCIS stage 0 so I was lucky. I did have 3 lumpectomies and radiation so I am left with a smaller left breast. I wondered for the longest time whether to have my breast removed and i chose not to but I am unhappy with the way my breast looks now but I am ok now.

christine sessa
collegeville, PA

Why Check Ups?

My Mom died of breast cancer in 1985. and for my 28th birthday my husband gave me a gift card for a Mammogram. At first I thought how cheap, But as I look back now that I am 52 and go every other year for my check up that was the best gift he could give me. It has made me go for the breast exam every other year. He told me when he gave it too me he didn't want me to ever get Breast cancer and suffer like my Mom did. So I want to thank my loving husband of the gift that has kept me breast cancer free. Thank you Tom. To all the Men please encourage your Wife, Sister, Mother, Cousin or Friend to have a Breast Check up. Thank you!

Patricia Kidrowski
Dickson, TN
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