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I was the girl with the blue hair

When I got diagnosed with breastcancer i August 2007 I decided that I would buy a blue wig to wear when I lost my hair.

I thought that I could at least get a few laughs out of it.

I got one and it got very popular around my neighbourhood.

All the people here knew I got cancer and that I wore a wig, and the ones that did not gave me sweet and kind compliments for my hair..

Now my own hair have grown back, but sometimes people still ask about my blue hair.

Aalborg, Denmark

Incredible doesn't take a break

When I was in fifth grade (I'm in ninth now), my mom sat my 12 year old brother, my 3 year old sister, and 10 year old me down to talk. That's when she told us she had been diagnosed with breastcancer in her right breast. Right then, my world stopped. How could my amazing, spunky, and only 41 year old mom get cancer? I guess she had been wondering the same thing. She and my stepdad assured us through our tears that nothing, absolutely nothing would change. Even now I don't know the specifics about what my mom went through, but she underwent a series of radiation and was put on one medication after the next. Even still, we had a blast together. If she hadn't told us about the cancer, my guess is that we wouldn't have known. We still had parties, still rode bikes, and never even thought about cancelling our family vacation. So many people pulled my brother and me aside and told us to tell our mom we didn't want to go on our vacation so we could let her rest. What we did instead? Ran crying to our mom telling her what they had said. She cried too. Who are they to decide how she should spend her time? "no matter what," she said, "we are going on that trip!"

I guess what I'm saying is that my mom didn't let cancer change who she is. There were rough spots (when she was on tomoxafin), but we got through it because we didn't listen to other people's ideas on how to run our family. I love her so much. Excuse the cliche, but I don't know what I would do without her.

Farmington hills, MI

The Journey

My Mom came by for a visit so she could see her pride and joys, her grandkids. While were sitting on the couch she starts to talk to me about a doctors visit so I said "Mom, are you trying to tell me that you have breast cancer?"... She said yes. She had a lumpectomy on her right breast and they removed the tumor, while doing that they tested her lympnodes. Many tested positive. My mom went through chemo and raditation like a trooper. She worked throught the whole thing and never ever let her spirits get low. After 1 year she was cancer free and we celebrated big. I gave her her second grandchild. Our happiness would be challenged when she was told that her cancer had spread to her bones and was treatable but not curable. She was the most incrediblely upbeat, never let it get you down person I knew. Her attitude was everything and I really believe that is what helped her stay strong for so long.

I lost my Mom on Monday, April 20, 2009 after a 4 year battle. The purpose of this story is let you know how important it is to fight every step of the way.. do not lie down and take it. It is the attitude that will keep you and the ones you love strong through all you go through.... It will make it easier to cope with and will put some control back in your hands that you so desprately thought you lost when you hear the words "you have cancer"..

The picture you see is my Mom and I at the Making Strides breast cancer walk in Boston, MA. I will miss her dearly

Wendy Gagnon
Tewksbury, MA

Someone up there is looking after me!!

In December 2008 I found a lump in my right breast and, always telling people to see their doctor straight away, I thought I'd better take my own advice and so went to see my General Practitioner the next day. She thought it was suspicious and five days later I was seen at my local hospital. A mammogram revealed nothing in my case but an ultrasound examination showed up a very early cancer which couldn't be felt on examination and in January I had it removed by wide local excision and also underwent sentinel node biopsy. This was followed by eighteen sessions of radiotherapy and I'm now back to normal and feeling great.

The irony is that the 'lump' I'd found at first turned out to be nothing suspicious but, if I hadn't gone to the doctor about that, the cancer wouldn't have been found for who knows how much longer and the outcome could have been so different!!

Amersham, United Kingdom

survivor of 16 years now another about of cancer

My name is Pam and on Jan 15 1993 I had Infiltration ductile carcinoma Stage III and had a mastectomy. It had spread to my lymp notes 21 was cancer out of 32 which they removed them all. I went through 12 treatmemts of Chemo which I lost my hair and made me very sick. I was only 39 and my doctor found the lump on a routine check up. Jan 15th of 2009 I celebrated my 16th year of being cancer free.

April 5th 2009 I went for my annual mammogram and wham it blind sided me. They found something., I thought no they have to be wrong I am healthy I have my mammograms every year and everything has been great. They must of gotten me mixed up with someone else. They did a ultra sound guided needle biopsy with clip. The next day my doctor called and said I am sorry you have breast cancer again. He said this one was small.

I am now on April 29th having another mastectomy on my right breast . They will also be doing a Senitle node biopsy. I cannot beleive this is happening to me again. I cried for the first 3 days and was pretty depressed. But I then got my faith in god again and I am going to beat this disease one more time. It didn't take me the first time and wont the second.

Don't get me wrong I am scared to death but I have a wonderful husband and fantastic mother that got me through the last time and will get me through this one. So my advise to all women just because you have it once it doesn't mean you will not beat it again.

Pam Williamson
Dayton, OH

couldn't be Cancer just calsfications

I am a 3 yr b-cancer survivor in 2005 I was diagnosed with cancer my husband was laid off my oldest son left for Sc to teach and I thought it was a lump from caffenie , Well it wasn't I had a lumpectomy done and 13 lymph nodes removed chemo which I got very sick from but with the love of my family when I lost my hair my brother sons and husband shaved their heads it was hard to see them but they wanted to support me, both of my sons and my daughter in law are very involved in support groups my daughter in law ran the rely for life in North Dakota , One thing I want to share is never give up don't let the cancer win ! staying positive no matter what truly does help when I wanted to quit my family would say come on mom you are going to win my youngest son calls me wonder mom a magnet I keep on my frig, remember God is in charge with out faith we fall.

Pam Wagner
Weirton, WV

My Daughter and the reason to Live Life to the Fullest..

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in March 2009. I had found a lump when doing a self examination. I had a mammogram and ultrasound. The surgeon said it was not one lump but three according to the tests. He said he could do a biopsy but seeing the lumps were bothering me anyway he did a lumpectomy and tested them then. When the results came back me and my daughter were told it was cancer. So my doctor gave me two options of treatment to either leave the breast which doesn't always guarantee that they got it all, or a left breast radical mastectomy. I chose the masectomy. I now have tubes hanging out of my body draining the fluid. I will have radiation for an hour everyday for 6 to 8 weeks and not sure if I am having chemo or not. But I worry most for my daughter, I see the pain in her face everyday but she is what makes me strong. I try to run a small business and I also have a job. So on the days that I am really tired my daughter runs the small business for me But she is my whole reason for living. Live life to the fullest and live everyday for another tomorrow. So now I am going to have plenty of tomorrows. My message for each and everyone of you is: HAVE MAMMOGRAMS EVERY YEAR AND BEFORE THE AGE OF 45. You see I did not want to leave my daughter by herself at 19 because that is what would happen if I let this disease win. I have no other family but her. So I will not ever let her down. So we have a saying at work HAPPY FUZZY BUNNIES. This gets me thru.

Cindy Dionisio
Las Vegas, NV

3 time winner

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in early November 2002, and had a lumpectomy the day before Thanksgiving. There was no metatasis, and had 37 radiation treatments, and have been fine since then.

Hiowever, I was diagnosed with Endometrial cancer in the fall of 2003, and had a Hysterectomy in November, 2003. No further treatment was needed then.

Then I had a lesion on the bridge of my nose, in the fall of 2008, diagnosed os basal cell skin cancer. And had that removed in January of this year. No further treatment.

I consider myself very fortunate that I came through these experiences so well. Praise the Lord!

Binghamton, NY

Give Us Hope - Help Us Cope

Cancer has darkened my doorstep many times.

It's been nine years since I lost my dear friend Dennis to Bone Cancer. Then his Widow battled Breast Cancer - she's a Survivor!

April 20, 2008 marks the day my 87 year old friend Bettie lost her battle. Breast Cancer was the first of many different forms of cancer she dealt with over the course of her long life, and she considered herself a Breast Cancer survivor.

May 7, 2008 my husband, Roger, and I received his terminal diagnosis - Metastic Lung Cancer. He died July 10th - leaving me a Widow at 49. We'd been together since I was 19.

It was late January 2009 when I received the news that the wife of a dear friend was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. She's in treatment now, and we're trying to remain hopeful.

So each and every click I make is dedicated to these - my loved ones. When I finally reach 200 clicks this month, I will feel like I've truly accomplished something. Love and Hugs - Jeaner

Crescent City, CA

The Kansas Twisted Sisters

We believe we are in this fight against Breast Cancer as "Sisters". Thus, the "Kansas Twisted Sisters" were born!! We have taken up the challenge to help fight and find a cure for Breast Cancer by participating in the 3-Day Walk scheduled in Washington, DC on October 9 - 11, 2009. Our group consists of 13 professional women. 12 of us are in Kansas and one Twisted Sister lives in Louisville, Kentucky but will be joining us in DC for the walk. Seven of our "Twisted Sisters" plan to walk while the others will help with fund raising, cheer us on and congratulate us at the "finish line".

To reach the "finish line" each participant in the 3-Day Walk must raise $2,300.00 in donations. We also each will pay our own way to D.C. so any donations you make will be strictly for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. I cannot complete my journey without your support and help. I need your help now more than ever. I realize with the economy the way it currently is raising funds may be much more difficult than in 2006 and that is why I am emailing every person I know and asking for even the smallest amount to reach my goal. If you cannot contribute then please wish me luck and follow my story on the Kansas Twisted Sister's web page. If you can contribute I would be forever grateful. I thank you for any support you can offer. Please go to this site and DONATE!

Thank You very much for your support and help. We walk in honor of those that have gone before us and those who are to follow. For our mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, daughters!!

Jackie Barnes
Wichita, KS
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