34 yr. old with stage 3 breast cancer

I am 34 years old. In june 2008 I found a lump in my rt. breast. my doctor immediately sent me to a surgeon. A week later I had a lumpectomy. The next week, i received my diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer. I was very shocked, since i am the first one in my family to have breast cancer. less than two weeks after my diagnosis, I had a modified radical mastectomy and 11 lymph nodes removed; 10 of them were positive. I was devastated to hear the news and thought my life was hopeless. When I heard the words chemo & radiation, I wanted to pass out. I have a 4 year old daughter, and my husband had lost his mom 2 montths before to cancer. I felt bad for my family more than myself I think. Once I changed my attitude from hopeless to hopeful, I felt much better. I finished chemo last Dec., and radiation this Apr. And my hair is growing back. I was very lucky I didn't get sick from chemo, just tired. it's hard to hear the diagnosis at any age, Just try your best to keep a positive attitude. My family is the best, and prayer really does work! I'm so glad my daughter still "loves mommy with one boobie and a little bit of hair." we can all get through this!
Angie Malloy
Erie, MI