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The inspirational stories below are just a sampling of the amazing people in your lives who have experienced breast cancer, and we are happy to be able to honor them here. Tell us your story of courage and love, and inspire other survivors and supporters around the world.
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June 2010 I was diagnosed with stage 3 TNBC aged 46. A mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and lymphoedema followed rapidly afterwards! Good news arrived with a successful DIEP flap reconstruction in January 2012 and finally yesterday I booked in for a nipple and eye-brow tattoo ( my eye-brows only partially returned after the chemo) - hurray!
The debilitating treatment meant I was unable to rely on my normal forms of stress release ( running, cycling & a glass of wine or two!). So I began to read, asking myself why I thought I might have cancer? I was introduced to the law of attraction, through a book called 'The Secret' by Rhonda Bryne. I became fascinated by the power of our thoughts and how often we inadvertently attract things into our lives without being aware of it. Our everyday life is guided by our core beliefs, which often we do not question, until something like cancer comes along.
I made some very dramatic decisions in my personal life shortly after my treatment ended, holding the belief that I could turn my life around, I could succeed in life in areas I had previously given up on. The book 'The Biology of Belief' by Bruce Lipton, gave me great courage too.
June 2011 Macmillan Cancer Support highlighted the benefits of physical activity on reducing treatment side effects and reducing the chances of recurrence. As a personal fitness trainer I was amazed by their findings, but also aware that those who would benefit most from exercise are often to exhausted to even contemplate it. For this reason I founded an organisation launched earlier this year which unites the benefits of physical activity with guided visualisation/imagery, to improve responses to conventional treatment, offering hope and belief to people on their journey
my mum Fay is 66 years old, a month ago was diagnosed with Breast cancer, 2 weeks ago had to go down to get the lump removed, after waiting for many hours in the hospital, my sister and I found out that mum had complications on the table and had to now wait to go back in to surgery, while we were there we found out exactly 12 years to the day my sister had her lump removed from breast cancer, mum will eventually have radium, where my sister had both, the family was there with my sister to help her fight it and beat it and I know my mum will do the same, I am very proud of you both and love you heaps, Angela
My story started September 2012. I started having pain in my left breast. I thought it was just stress because we were in and out of Children's Hospital with our son. Also in September a co-worker shared with me that her mom was diagnosed with BC. She was healthy and fit. She was having pain in her breast. Her pain ended up being Triple Negative Breast Cancer. After hearing this story, I still thought it was stress. By October, Children's Hospital was testing my son to see if he could have a heart transplant (which we found out that he is not a candidate). I continued to have pain, but again, still thought it was stress related....until I felt a lump the end of November. I had a biopsy on 12/3/12 and received the dreaded call on 12/4/12 - Stage 2 Triple Negative. On 12/19/12 my husband had to take my son to Children's Hospital because of his health. My lumpectomy was the next day. So my husband was with my son in Milwaukee, while our girls were with me in Green Bay. TERRIBLE timing....not that there is ever good timing for cancer. I had 6 rounds of chemo and 33 rounds of radiation. I will be a One Year Survivor next month!
I was diagnosed three months ago with stage 1 breast cancer. I was very lucky to only have to go through radiation, but my body has not been taking it well. Two months later I was diagnosed with stage T1 bladder cancer. As a single mom of two children - one of which has Epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy - I had no idea how I was going to overcome this.
The support I have received from my boyfriend and his family has been absolutely remarkable and helps keep my spirits up. That, in addition to the stories on FB and pictures, I feel like every day things get a little better.
I placed an order for a couple rings, a shirt for my boyfriend, and slippers. I must say, getting those in the mail today completely made my day! It's the little things that keep some of us going, and that put my spirits way up today. Thank you for everything you guys do!
I've attached three pictures for you guys. The one in my t-shirt was taken only a few hours after having surgery. Needless to say I look like a wreck - but the shirt itself made me very happy.
My name is Edna Canare.I diagnosed with breast cancer late of year 2011.I had my treatment from chemo to surgery and the last is radiation.When I found out that I have breast cancer I thought it's the end of the world.I'm alone here in Canada,no relatives.My partner always push me to keep going,like hiking,biking and skiing and snow shoeing.He gave me motivation.and I kept saying to myself "I can beat it,I can beat it". Now if you see me,you wont say I've been sick before.I look healthy and active.Being positive in life and determination you will beat everything.And originally I'm from the philippines.Thats my story
My story begins back on November 1 2010 . A close friend of mine had her yearly mammogram nd heard the words no woman wants to hear-you have cancer. Traci was stage 2/3. A long road of treatment lay ahead of her. Chemotherapy was started three weeks later.the treatments ended the beginning of April 2011. Surgery was performed in May 2011 with reconstructive surgery a year and a half later. Fortunately for Traci the cancer had not metastasized. Today she is healthy and is enjoying life with her family and friends.
My mother was diagnosed in May 2013 with breast cancer. Her treatment was chemo and then radiation, soon after she started her hair started falling out. Her oldest granddaughter had shirts made for all of us and we had a party to shave her head. My mom has been very sick through all this but she keeps positive and that's what keeps her going.
I am proud to say I am a survivor. I had breast cancer I did chemo and radiation but what I think Id like everyone to know is when you find a lump don't listen to what you read or what people tell you. Please go to your family doctor right away. Let them check it out. I had a very painful lump in my left breast . I read in a well known magazine that painful lumps are not cancerous. I had a friend tell me that not to worry she has five and she plays with them. I'm not bashing this friend, I love her to death. I didn't go to the doctor right away. The lump just kept getting worse! So I decided this might be something. I went to the doctor and from then on my life went crazy for a while tests checking the lump as it turned out it was cancer. I am very lucky! I am a survivor! Get those mammograms on time. Be strong be proud be cancer free!
One day at time has been our motto since the beginning over a year ago. It hasn't always been easy, and there were times I felt like not fighting. I have learned that life is dealing with the cards you are given, I could not have gotten through this without God, Steven, my wonderful son Kyle and the support of my girlfriends, Tracy and Jean Kaye and the prayers of many others. Everyday is a new start, make the most of it. Enjoy all the little things and laugh as much as possible!
Well my story was going to be what brought me to this point but we know the obvious I had breast cancer and I had a double mastectomy three weeks ago to remove it. What I'd like to bring forward is a fact just thrown my way. I posted this exact picture on Facebook and someone requested Facebook remove it as it's obscene and pornographic!!! Unreal. Breast cancer is not a dirty little secret and because of people like whomever requested the removal of my picture and story women and men all over the world will continue to feel ashamed of breast cancer and or the removal of their breasts!!! This is a outrage and we need to stand together and secure women and men in their decision to remove their breasts to save their lives!! I refuse to live in shame for my decision that inevitably has saved my life at 44 years of age! We are not just a pink ribbon we are mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, girlfriends, wives, brothers, fathers, grandfathers and so on. We are fighters and we need never be ashamed of that! Facebook needs to make it clear to Facebook user that breast cancer pictures are heroic not shameful, obscene or pornographic!
My adoptive mother and the rest of family had gathered for a holiday celebration when she casually mentioned that she had done a biopsy on one of her breasts. She described how scared she was, but she made light of the whole experience. I was made to believe there was nothing to be concerned about it.
Then, I was speaking to her on the phone one day and she mentions casually to me, "I have cancer and I am going into the hospital to take care of it." I was surprised, because she had given me the impression that everything was alright. It took me days to really absorb all that I had been told.
She handled her diagnosis with such grace and calm which only reinforced her character for being a very strong woman who does not let too many things get her down. Even when she felt tired and lifeless, she refused to let cancer have the upper hand.
I tried to talk her out of invasive treatments such as surgery, however, she felt it was the best way for her as well as targeted chemotherapy. It turned out that her tumor was so large that it would only respond to a surgical procedure.
She was very proactive with regard to tackling her diagnosis of cancer. She took supplements as well as conventional medicine to fight the disease. Her surgery was a long an arduous one, however she pulled through like a trouper.
Even when she had to take her chemotherapy treatments which made her weak and lifeless she kept trudging through. She went to work almost every day.
Although, it has only been a few months since her diagnosis and treatment, no one would ever know, because she refuses to let cancer reign over her life.
Each day, she gets up and shows cancer who is boss by conducting her daily routines and often trying to help others in the process. As far as I am concerned, I think she is a true champion for fighting cancer so valiantly.