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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
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