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I WAS CURRENTLY WORKING FOR A SMALL TOWN PHYSICIAN AT THE TIME OF MY DIAGNOSIS. HE WAS A MAN WHO DID NOT MINCE WORDS ABOUT MUCH. ON THE DAY THAT HE RETURNED TO THE OFFICE WITH MY MAMMOGRAM RESULTS, I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO ASK. HE JUST SAID"YOU NEED TO CALL ALLAN(DR ALLAN LIEFER, A LOCAL SURGEON.) IT WAS JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AND MY QUESTION WAS " DO I HAVE TO DO IT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AND HE SAID "NO, BUT MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW. ON JANUARY 8, 1995, I HAD MY FIRST NEEDLE BIOPSY, FOLLOWED THE NEXT MONDAY BY A LUMPECTOMY. MY END RESULTS WERE EXTREMELY GOOD. I RECEIVED 36 RADIATION TREATMENTS AND NO CHEMOTHERAPY WAS REQUIRED. I CREDIT PART OF THIS WITH MY DOCTOR'S QUICK RECOGNITION OF THE SITUATION., PLUS ANSWERED PRAYERS. AT THIS TIME, MY OLDER SISTER WAS CURRENTLY UNDERGOING TREATMENT FOR BREAST CANCER WHICH HAD SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF HER BODY. SHE ULTIMATELY GAVE UP HER FIGHT IN 2000. AS A PRECAUTION, MY YOUNGER SISTER HAD THE NECESSARY TESTS TO DETERMINE HER LIKELYHOOD OF DEVELOPING BREAST CANCER AND SUBSEQUENTLY HAD A PROPHLATIC DOUB LE MASTECTOMY TO PREVENT HAVING TO DEAL WITH BREAST CANCER. WHILE SHE WAS RECUPERATING, SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. SO NOW WE ARE JUST FIGHTING ANOTHER BATTLE. BUT WITH PRAYER AND HELP FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY, WE WILL SURVIVE. THE MUELLER GIRLS ALWAYS DO!
SUE MUELLER REITZ
14 YEAR SURVIVOR
P O BOX 68
COULTERVILLE IL 62237
Last January I found a lump on my breast. I got in to see my Doctor very quickly. We did a mammogram and found out the lump I felt was fine, but we found a cancerous lump at the same time. I had surgery February 1, had 4 rounds of chemo, and 7 weeks of radiation. We never found out what the other lump was. It disappeared in a couple of days. It must have been a sign from above. Please don't be afraid to get your mammogram.You can get through it. I did !!!! I feel fine a year later. I now sport a full head of beautiful curly hair. Thank God for great Doctors and Nurses, but especially the support of my friends.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. Something did not look right during my annual mammogram. After biopsies and scans they could not quite determine IF I had cancer so my choice was to wait six months or go to another hospital for more extensive testing. After talking to my doctor I choose the extensive testing. Went to that appointment, and the next day they called me, it was cancer. Scheduled my surgery,when I had my pre-op by surgeon found another lump on the other side--I will take it out during surgery. It too was cancer. I am now 50 years old and VERY thankful. I made it to 50!! Without my mammogram I would not have known as I felt just fine. I am now a survivor! God is wonderful!
im nanette. i was diagnosed with breast cancer in june of 2007. i opted for a double masectomy, but, having no insurance, was only given a single masectomy and reconstruction. im VERY ANGRY as a taxpayer to be told NO by a dr when ive got a VERY strong family history. my mom died in her fifty's, my dads sisters both r battling it, and now my eldest sister is having a biopsy. are there any resources out there to help me? i will never have piece of mind, and feel like a ticking time bomb. PLEASE if anyone can help. thank-you for listening. nanetteh
In June 2007 I celebrated my 40th birthday! I can remember saying to my husband Tony, "I am going to remember my 40th year" I was not wrong!Only 4 weeks after celebrating a great party with family & friends, my nightmare day began - I had found a lump in my left breast!!
I rang the doctors surgery explained I had found a lump & got an appointment. I sat talking to my doctor who knew my family history of breast cancer - having lost my sister at the age of 34 & my mum at 65. He proceeded to say that I was being paranoid. When I asked if he could feel the lump he said yes, but its probably your hormones!! Come back and see me in a months time...
With such a strong family history I was not prepared to wait, to see if this lump went away! I contacted the breast clinic at Southend Hospital. Explained to them what I had just been told, they asked me to call the doctors again in 30 minutes. When I called back the doctor was not prepared to talk to me, but a letter would be forwarded to the clinic.
To cut a long story short after the visit to the breast clinic, mammogram & biopsy all in one day, I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. I had my operation to remove the tumour in August 2007, started 8 months of chemotherapy in September, followed by 5 weeks of radiotherapy. A long road, but still hear to tell the story!
The moral being, you know your own body, if you think something is wrong dont leave it. If I had taken my doctors advise, I dont think I would be here now typing my story!
One of the most feared things a woman can hear are the words "you have breast cancer". I remember last July, lying in bed and finding a lump on my left breast. Immediately, I jumped up to the mirror. I anxiously awaited the next morning, couldn't wait until 8 am to call my doctor to get an appointment. I received my appointment and on my way there I am thinking it is probably nothing, don't worry. After the exams, my doctor recommended that I have a biopsy to determine what was going on. I had a biopsy and was awaiting the results. Feeling pretty sure it was probably benign only to hear the words, "Mrs. McCaskill, it is malignant!" My entire body went numb and I couldn't believe my ears. Out of all days I told my husband he didn't have to come with me to get my results, well it was one of those days I needed him there. Nevertheless I called him and said, "Hey (trying not to sound upset at all), it's malignant. Waiting his response, I heard him say, that's alright, and we are going to be alright! WOW! I remember driving down 85 South still trying to grasp this diagnosis and I heard the words of the Lord say: "You shall live and not die". That was it! That was all of the confirmation that I needed. After that day, of course I had more biopsies to come, MRI, CAT Scans; you name it in the days ahead.
I had a mastectomy and reconstruction and everything is all Good! I have begun a foundation called "Earth Angel" where our motto is "A Cure On Earth"
In 1999, I had a modified radical mastectomy of my right breast. Ten years later, I am cancer free. Mammograms are so important ... my cancer was found because of one. That's why I click every day ... many times more than once!
On June 16,2008 we were told my wife had lung cancer.We have been married for 48 years and been thru lots of rough times.We survived 3
tours in Vietnam.Marlene helped me on that.Now I am doing the same
for her.We will survive this part of life also.All things in life are pracious
and worth fighting for.Thanks to everyone that has helped and still
In April 2007 I had a double mascetomy due to breast cancer. I thought I would never survive the surgery, chemo, etc. But, here I am today a survivor of 2 years. I celebrate each day and appreciate every day. My goal in life now is to help other women who are facing this terrible disease. I try to tell women ,that I am referred to, all the little things that will change in their lives and ways to make the transition easier. I am thankful that the Lord has led me through this disease and has carried me all the way through some tough decisions.
My mother, also, had breast cancer and past away at 57 years of age. I encourage all women with the disease to have genetic testing done for their daughters, sisters and other family members.
Cancer truly changes your life and sometimes for the better.
I am a SURVIVOR.
1957 - Mother diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38. Wife eleven years old.
1959 - Cancer spreads to mother's brain and dies.
1984- January - Wife 38. Breast self exam suggests cancer. Contacts doctor to set up exam.
February - Doctor doesn't think so. Wife does.
March - Mamogram does not reveal cancer.
May - Wife schedules biopsy procedure for early June.
June - Doctor comes out of procedure and announces cancer is into the lymph system and wants to know WHAT TO DO ! Told him I have no idea since I'm not a doctor but he better do what he has to do since my wife dislikes hospitals and may not come back. Very angry! Result - double radical mastectomy. Wife a basket case but determined to see children ( same ages as she and her siblings in 1957 ) through high school. Best mom ever. Cancer estrogen positive, elects to have hysterectomy to increase survival. Cancer protocal: chemo, radiation, chemo.
Loses hair during chemo. Being sent to County Hospital for radiation with medical records. Stop on way to read. Wife head of her nursing class reads she has stage four cancer and given a 15% chance to survive five years. Crushed!
Gets radiation sickness, spiking temps all weekend. Calls clinic, told she has flu !! Calls County, go in, treated,symptoms disappear. Finish protocal.
Takes kids on cross country train trip so they might remember her. First Christmas finds 75 gifts under the tree for our three kids. She wants them to know they are loved.
2009 - So much for 15%, five years and stage four cancer : - )) God blessed us. Children grown and have two grandchildren! Trying to get wife to retire from nursing. Best wife, mother, nurse you'll ever know.