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hi im christine i was diagnosed in theyear 2000 with breast cancer so they removed my right breast after chemo and radiotherapy i was doing well 6 years later in 2006 it came back in my left breast so had the other one removed as well more chemo and i also had a hystorectomy the same day to prevent ovarian cancer as my neice died of that, 13 years on and im still here fighting am in the clear now and thankfull for every day i also lost my sister to breast cancer i have 2 other neice,s who also have breast cancer but we are all strong willed and refuse to give up think positive it really helps after the shock of being told i thought no youre not attacking me without a fight so dermined i just thought positive every day, even through all the bad days of chemo i just kept thinking positve as its the only defense you have cancer is big in my family. and has attacked all the females my daughter is 17 im hoping she has not got the faulty gene but if she has we will be strong and fight all the way to all you ladies out there be strong think positve i think it really works god bless you all xx
I'm the one who performs your mammogram. I come out to the waiting room and I see your nervousness. I know sometimes we have met before and sometimes we haven't. I will always smile at you and treat you kindly because I chose to be in this profession. I have empathy for your anxiousness, your prior experience and your previous problematic mammograms, you may even have had to come back for extra pictures. I may not have been through what you have been through but because I care I have empathy. I have been getting my yearly mammograms for 3 years now and in November 2013 I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I now have more then empathy but I can't yet put down into words all that I have gained with this experience that I am still in the midst of. I've had 3 breast surgeries and I start chemotherapy in March 2014. I will continue to do your mammograms and continue the fight for early detection of breast cancer. Mammograms won't find every cancer but they are still our best screening tool.
I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer at 39 years old on September 9, 2013. The decided to do chemotherapy on me first to shrink my tumor, I went through 4 rounds of A/c every other week and 12 rounds weekly of Taxol...It appears so far to have shrunk from 6.5 cm x 6cm to 3.5cm x 3cm..so chemo did its job....... I still have testing to do in 2 weeks and then on to surgery. But, yay Today was my last day of Chemo! I have had alot of supportive Family and Friends of course I can't wait for it to be over but I am fightin the fight...!!! :-) ~To Be Continued~
In june 2013 I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy me and my hubby were over the moon. Not long after I discovered a lump in my right breast , out of fear ,the unknown or pure ignorance I decided because of its timing it must be due to pregnancy and hormones! It grew to a considerable size so I decided time to see the doctor who assured me it was a breast mouse , she referred me for tests were again I was told it had to benign due to my age. On 19th dec are worse nightmare happend, it was breast cancer. It was confined to the breast fortuately. But with alfees 1st Xmas ahead of us we enjoyed every min knowing been miserable would change nothing. The ball got rolling in the new year. I had a metal marker inserted in the lump so they could keep an eye if shrunk completely I had ct scan and a heart scan to check ok to go on heceptin. Knowing there would be no more children was tough. But I had my 1st chemo 1of 6 and it shrunk the lump from 3.9cm to 1.5 cm , it hasn't spread and I have just had 2nd chemo. I did have a week in hep due to temp and low cells but all good with a very positive head on and lots of support! I do have bad days but were all human, I look at my boy and pray I'll see him grow up and I will !
Let's rewind to 2011 when I first was diagnosed with Stage 2 Ductal Carcenoma. I cried, I yelled and then I got mad. I was only 40 years old, have a wonderful husband and 3 amazing kids. I met with my surgeon and oncologists and a Lumpectomy, radiation and hormone therapy was in order. I was so blessed that all went smooth.
In June of 2013 it was back, this time on the outside of my lung. Chemo started in July and I was scheduled for 4 of the AC treatments, which turned into 6. The week before Christmas I had a routine bone scan and was told it was in 2 spots and was secondary to the chemo as it didn't show on the scan in June. So, now chemo every 3 weeks for the rest of my life.
So again all the emotions come back but I then remember this fight is not over. I have great doctors, family, friends and coworkers. I am Strong and I will not give up. Its not in me to give up, I have everything to fight for.
Love Life, Give your all and Fight with all your might.
I found out 18 years ago, just one week after my daughter was married, that I had breast cancer. during surgery they found that it was in 7 of 24 lymph nodes. life was so uncertain, but with God and my families help, I endured chemo and radiation. I now have four handsome grandsons and life is just wonderful.
In December 2013, I had this tattoo done in honor of my mom. She was diagnosed in September 2013, had two surgeries and 4 weeks of radiation treatments. She is now doing great. She is a fighter and stayed very positive throughout the whole thing. I am very proud to be her daughter.
Just over 2 years ago I received news that changed not only my life but the lives of my family and friends. Whilst at the time the news was devastating and there were certainly moments when I didn't think I would make it... I am proud to say that I am a happier, healthier and stronger version of the girl I once was.
It was the 16th June in 2011 when at the age of 34, I discovered my breasts were trying to kill me. It came as a huge shock to me and my young family and our lives were turned upside down! Just days earlier I had found a lump by accident after scratching under my arm and onto the side of my right breast. My doctor sent me for an immediate mammogram, ultrasound, fine needle aspiration and core biopsy and I had a feeling then that this might be serious.
Unfortunately the news wasn't good. My doctor phoned to say 'you have malignant breast carcinoma'. Let me tell you, it is something you can never prepare yourself to hear. The days following were a whirlwind! I underwent a mastectomy just 48 hours later and had to endure more surgery just a week later when I was advised that cancer had been found in my lymph nodes. I was given a few weeks to recover before commencing chemotherapy. My Oncologist advised that I would need to complete 6 rounds of chemotherapy and 5 weeks of radiation.
My journey still continues and I am currently recovering from corrective surgery following a bilateral breast reconstruction performed last year. Life is great and I love spending time with special family and friends. My husband has been amazing throughout this journey and I just hope and pray that we will share many more special times together and more importantly, have the opportunity to watch our young daughters grow into amazing young women.
For my 45th birthday I decided as a gift to myself I was gonna focus on me and focus on being healthy and even maybe getting off my butt. Well stop one was my Gyn who slapped my wrist for going 13 months since my mammo. I am good about my mammo, had a fibroid yrs ago. Well one week later October 21, 2010. I was in the medical center getting the biopsy results due to the mammo findings. Within one hr my husband and I were in a surgeons office. I was diagnosed with invasive ducktal carcinoma and Insitu. Two weeks later I had a mastectomy. I woke up with unclear margins and no more tissue to remove. When I found out I didn't need chemo I thought i was lucky....Cancer was like being dropped into a country where you don't understand the language. I figured a little radiation and I'd start back on my goal. My journey was long, and difficult. I came to realize that the cancer diagnosis, in my case, would be the easiest part of my journey. I suffered MANY side effects and the need for several surgeries. I was finally cancer free in June of 2012. On February 13,2014 I HAD MY LAST SURGERY. 9 and done. I'd be lieing if I said any of this has been easy. I have tried to remain positive and I have learned soo many wonderful lessons..... Team K-Tots was born, I am driven to raise awareness of early detection and fighting this horrible disease. I have learned that positive attitudes are the best medicine and most of all,Life is give and take. Let people help you when you need them. Leaning on friends and family is truly a sign of strength. And most of all, appreciate each and every moment of life. I am alive, I am CANCER FREE.......and, less than a week after my surgery I am in the gym......a 5k in May......be well be strong and fight like every minute is worth it......
My name is Kelley. I lost my mom to breast cancer when she was 53 and I was 23. I was diagnosed when I was 40 years old. Because of doing a self-exam, I found it and was diagnosed at stage 1, grade 1. I did go on to have a double mastectomy, chemo, and two reconstruction surgeries. Chemotherapy threw me into early menopause and into severe depression. Not long after my last treatment, I discovered that my prince charming of 16 years had been cheating on me with not one, but many women, the entire time I was fighting cancer.
We went through two years of counseling. He went with me each and every single week for two years. I was still very depressed during this time, but had no earthly idea how bad. At the end of that two years of trying to make it work, I discovered he had never even stopped doing what he was doing not even for a minute. This sent me completely over the edge and I tried to take my own life. I ended up on life support as they worked to save my life. I'll never forget waking up and thinking this must be a terrible dream. I didn't want to wake up. I had every detail planned. What I hadn't planned on was God giving my youngest daughter a sudden sinking feeing that something was wrong. She had no idea what but it was that feeling that caused my husband to return home, even though they were supposed to be gone the entire day.
I spent the next months so upset that I woke up. I didn't understand why I lived through it. But today, only 13 months later, I am so much better. I am not depressed. I have taken MYSELF completely off all antidepressants. I am no longer suicidal nor do I have any lingering thoughts about it. I am a fighter, I am a survivor!! It took nearly losing my life to find it and to value it.
YOU can beat anything!!