My name is Denise and am 50 yrs old. My sister passed in October 2011 of Stage IV Breast Cancer at age of 63. Not long after that my other sister was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer at the age of 65. My family was devastated as we had just lost our Tasha. I had my mammogram along with my 4 other sisters. Turns out I had some benign calcifications in in the right breast in October the same week my sister passed. We had some fears that there was a gene but in February 2012 I went to have an MRI of the breasts for my own peace of mind. Who would have ever thought I had it too, in the left breast invasive lobular carcinoma. I had a kidney transplant 15 years ago my brother gave me one of his. Now I was faced with another illness. Along with my surgeon and my family I decided I would have a bilateral mastectomy, since the mammograms didn't pick it up , nor the Ultrasounds I was not taking any chances, and with my sister on strong chemo to shrink her tumor before mastectomy could be performed I wanted to show her she could get both removed and survive.I went to surgery March 23, 2012 with my family by my side and wonderful team of surgeons they caught it early.My life has changed in many ways, this breast cancer has taught me many things about sharing and if my story helps one woman to be proactive then it is all worth it. My sister got to her mastectomy in May , still treating with chemo and radiation and me having reconstruction its been tough, but with faith in God, positive attitudes and love for life "we will survive together".
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