I was diagnosed five years ago with ductal breast cancer. I had cancer
three years pryor to that which was thyroid cancer and was caught
early, had my thyroid removed and radiation. When I got the call about
the breast cancer I thought oh, no it's spread. But I soon learned that
it had not spread, it was completely two different types of cancer. I
just got hit twice as the doctor's said. So I had my first lumpectomy
and received a call from the doctor we didn't get the clear circle so we
have to do this again. Three lumpectomies later they were going to
do a 4th and I said, No. I want the breast removed.The doctor's asked
why I opted for the mastectomy? I told them because I want to live to see
my Grandchildren grow up. I'd rather be without a breast than the
alternative. I had the mastectomy did very well and I Thank God every
day that I am still here. But without my Faith and my Family & Friends
it would have been much much harder. I just passed my 9 year mark
with thyroid cancer and 5 last fall for the breast cancer. :):) I lost my
Mother during my ordeal which made it even harder for me. But she
would have wanted me to be strong. I miss her every day.
Two of my Friends and I started giving Fundraisers for Cancer and raised
alot of money to help others. We will continue to do this.
I just turned 66 and am Loving Life to the fullest.
Make sure you get your Mammogram every year.
Write me if you need a shoulder, I am here for you.
Love & God Bless, Joyce Peterson :)
Madison Hts., MI