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I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 1999. I had surgery just 5 days after I had my mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy, and results. I had 8 chemo treatments and 33 radiation treatments. Everything went fine I was only nauseated for about three days after chemo and was fine until the next.

It wasn't until 2005 that I decided to have reconstructive surgery. I now wish that I had never had it. The plastic surgeon left stitches torn loose and I got an MRSA infection. Not once but twice and the surgeon would not take credit for it. I had to go to another regular surgeon to get it well. I ended up finally going to another plastic surgeon to close the wound and do some repair work.

I am now in the process of having a Fat Cell Transfer done to rebuild my very small breast that was left after the reconstruction went bad.It will take many procedures to complete the breast.

I try to live my life to the fullest and help any that I know to remember to do self exams and get yearly mammograms. I even have a tee shirt that was given to me that says on the front..Official Monthly Breast Examiner...and on the back it says....Touching Boobs Save

This year will be my 5th year to participate in the Relay for Life lap. I am also on the planning committee for this years ceremony. I wanted to be more involved.

Ann Marcus
Cartersville, GA

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