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I had a feeling it would happen to me, but not at a young age.

I was 37 years old when I was diagnose with stage 2 breast cancer. My mother had died of breast cancer 4 years before. My children were 5 and 8 and I really believed I was going to die. I had a mastectomy and then chemo. I always tried to keep a positive attitude to what was happening to me. I accepted the challenge God had send me, I was scared but I had lots of loving family around me. My mother-in-law was the angel God send me to look after me, she was there for me all the way. My dad gave me the moral support to not give up. My husband and my 2 loving children where my inspiration to continue on forward even when I felt I could not take all the nausea and aching pain in my body. Thank you God for hearing my plea to allow me to stay in this earth to see my children grow to adults.

It has being 8 years (this March 2009) that I was diagnose and I feel great. I always remind my sisters to check themselves and never miss a mammogram appointment. I have also explained and told my daughter that she needs to be on top of this herself.

I am grateful to have a loving and caring family they were great support for me while I was going through this frightening time of my life.

I believe joined together we can find a cure for this disease.

Chula Vista, CA


There is this disease that mimicks Breast Cancer and it is called SMOLD. If you are a smoker, you need to know this information. Squarmous Metaplasia of Lactiffus ducts. It will rock your world and not in a pleasant way. Most doctors don't know about the disease. Because of the signs and symptoms they will evaluate the patient and schedule the patient for a mascetomy after nomal evaluation and testing. My story begins when I was 27. Young and recently married, I was suddenly struck with a pain in my breast. I went to the doctor the following day and he said you are fine. Nothing to worry about. Two months later I was in for my first surgery. Then several months later my second surgery. After seeking the advice and expertise of several doctors there was one conclusion. Have a mascetomy. I refused and forged on. I am a wife and Mother of twins. I could not follow thier advice. I wanted to keep my breast. Even with the scars. It took 12 years for a doctor to diagnose me correctly and what I had been living with was SMOLD. I have sat in the waiting rooms of cancer patients and have seen thier saddness. I have had my share of the mammograms, sonogams and biospies. Please ladies be serious of your breast health and get your mammogram! So, I may not be a survivor of cancer but I an a survivor of SMOLD. In the upcoming years there will be more information of this disease but for now please take my advice and treat your twins with the same care you would your children. Your life depends on it.

Debbie Siegert
Paia, HI

Let's Be Cancer FREE

MY story . . . well, for starters I'm extremely bad at talking about me and all I've been through, but I've realized it's important to get the word out and well, so here I am . . .

I never know how or where to start - but here goes -

I've pretty much lived with cancer my entire life . . . by the time I was 8 I had lost my Best Friend to cancer then by the age of 12, my life was and has been forever changed - my Mother passed away at the age of 38 to a very long and arduous battle with cancer and my Father, well, being in the military, wanted more stability for me, and sent me to live with my Uncle and his family, and again so here I am . . . forward to present . . .

Thinking my nightmares were behind me - WRONG!

About 3 yrs ago - almost to the date - found out that both my Uncle and Aunt have both been diagnosed with cancer; my Uncle with terminal Prostate Cancer and my Aunt with 2nd stage Breast Cancer and found this news literally moments in finding out that one of my friends had just lost his fiancee to Adrenal Cancer.

Since this - ALL I have been doing is TRYing my best to raise awareness and funds for cancer . . . I've started my own fashion line where 25% of the proceeds goes towards cancer, I've also been written up a few times (pasted a link) - basically ALL I do - ALL I can do - I will do . . . so that we may ALL wake up with this nightmare behind us.

New York, NY

Early Detection

I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductile Carcinoma 12-2-02 over the phone at work. First, I had to sit down. Second, I had to get home. Third, I had to tell my family. Nothing can prepare you for this situation. The best results will be for each and every one of you to get your mammograms regularly and do self-exams. I was lucky. The lump was only .5 cm. Had a lumpectomy with radiation. I am still cancer free. If you have to be told that you have breast cancer, the best thing that can happen is that you have stayed on top of your wellness exams and catch it early. Let me say that again. CATCH IT EARLY.............

Becky Bauman
Fredonia, KS

Yearly mammograms save lives

Last August my annual mammogram showed a change so I was called back for an ultra sound, then a biopsy. The tumor was so small that the doctor could not feel it and the biopsy took most of it. The surgeon who did the biopsy told me that I had breast cancer and that his nurse would be in to schedule a complete mastectomy and removal of all lymph nodes. That sent me to my family doctor who referred me to another surgeon for a second opinion. As a result, after an MRI, I underwent a lumpectomy, removal of only 2 sentinal nodes and 5 days of Mammosite radiation, 2 treatments per day. I am taking Aromasin because the tumor was estrogen receptive but life is good and I am blessed that the tumor was found early.

Bruceton, TN

Early Detection saves lives

I was diagnosed in April of 2007 with DCIS in my right breast. When my surgeon did an exam of my left breast she found a lobular tumor which had invaded 3 lymph nodes. I had bilateral mastectomies, followed by chemo and radiation. The following year I had reconstruction surgery. Breast cancer runs in my family, my Mother was diagnosed in 2006, had a lumpectomy and radiation. Happily we are both healthy and encourage every woman to get annual mammograms. It can save your life.

Vicki Treul
New Berlin, WI

All Is Good

As I went for my yearly mamo I could tell from peoples faces things were not quite right. The Radiologist suggested we do an ultrasound since I missed my mamo the prior year. I was always faithful on them but for some reason I missed one year. After the ultrasound the Doctor informed me I had breast Cancer. I was like what? My worst fear came true. I was there alone and no words would come from my mouth. I sat in the car for quite a while before calling my husband. Telling the kids was really hard especially for the younger one.. Upon seeing the surgeon she informed me it was stage 3. After going thru the surgeries, chemo ,radiation, preventative medications and support groups, I feel good and am almost reaching the 5 year mark. All is good. God Bless to everyone!

Maryanne LeMaire
Vernon, NJ

30 with breast cancer, now 35 and 5 years cancer free!

at 30 i was diagnosed with breast cancer, very aggressive cancer. i had bi lateral mastectomies, 4 months of chemo and 2 months of radiation. i have had my reconstruction and i am now 5 years cancer free! it has been a long hard road but well worth the struggles. stay strong and positive!

lisa hanson
orlando, FL

Double Whammy Mammy

Eleven years ago, at 42, when I finally got a job with health insurance and my husband bugged me enough, I got a GYN checkup after TEN years! I had cervical cancer that had JUST become invasive and had a hysterectomy with no other treatment except HRT.What luck!

At the same time I got a baseline mammogram. ELEVEN months later another mammo and biopsy showed ductal and lobular carcinoma insitu on the left side. I opted for bilateral mastectomy because I was so afraid it would come back.

It had not become invasive, but the pathology report showed the same thing - salt and peppered (more than 20) on each side! I would have been back and I am sure the third time would not have been the charm for me! Instead, no other treatments.

Now, ten years cancer free, I get a breast MRI and pap every other year, just in case. An ounce of prevention IS worth a pound of cure!


Don't be stupid! Mammograms and paps are free for those who cannot afford it! In this day and age, there is no excuse for not getting a mammogram or pap.

Mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and all your men ~ remind each other that we love and need each other to be around! I know my three daughter, three grandaughters, three sisters, and three sisters-in-law will be reminded and don't forget to click here everyday!

No sugar coating here! "Git it done!!!" If not for yourself, do it for your family!

Lora DeSandre
Meriden, CT

Don't give up!

I started out with a family history of cancer that would scare anyone, but as all young people are, I was 'invincible'. At 20 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I was scared to death! All I could think was that I was going to die and leave my beautiful baby girl an orphan. Then I got mad! This was not going to beat me! At 24, during my third pregnancy, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. They wanted to terminate the pregnancy. NO WAY!!! I came through both of those trials, but not unchanged. At 29 I found a lump in my breast. Not cancer it was a fibro-cystic breast condition, but due to my past history I was given a bilateral mastectomy. The surgeon thought he was doing me a favor by leaving tissue the size of a half dollar under the nipples to prevent inverted nipples. At 35, I started finding lumps again. Guess what? Cancer! No one thinks that they are going to have a mastectomy done twice! But that's exactly what I had to do. This time they would remove every last shred of breast tissue. They also had to remove several involved nodes. I thought ok...yet again I slipped through OK, this is really starting to p*** me off! My surgeon made quite clear that were it not for the regular self exams that revealed the lumps very early on, this was probably the one that would have done me in. My advice? Keep checking yourself and do not miss your annual exams. I have three children and am due to have a second grandchild in October. What are the odds? Well sometimes you beat them all!

St. Charles, MO
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