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This is Marufa from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer on 5 years back when I was 36 Years and I have a lovely family of 2 daughters and husband. We was in shock. It took us a couple days to decide there was one way I wanted to go about this fight. Simple mastectomy with Axillary Clearance (Rt) was done. After that 6 rounds of chemotherapy and 28 rounds of Radiotherapy done successfully in same year. By the grace of omnipotent Allah, I’m well now.

From 2012 I get involved for sharing my practical experience that I learned during my treatment period with the breast cancer affected women and try to get the courage them.

From last year I stated my home based handicrafts business again which was stopped due to treatment and its post effect. I also started to educated the women surrounding me about self-examination of breasts tumor surround.

This year my next target to educate the women in slum area (where mostly Illiterate, Poorly educated people are lives) and about self-examination of breasts tumor which is the 1st step of early detection of breast cancer.

I collected some video on self-examination of breasts tumor in early stage from YouTube. Tumor detection in early stage is very important and it will help to treatment effectively.

Marufa Shahid
Dhaka, Bangladesh

SAGE'S PRESCRIPTION

I was diagnosed with breast cancer, estrogen + and HER2Nu +, for my birthday in February 2010. Here are some prescriptions that I received that I know can help anyone on his / her cancer journey:

1. FAITH - can't have enough of that. He will be with you and will carry you when you can't find the strength to stand on your own. Romans 15:13.

2. ATTITUDE / LIVE FOR TODAY - We never know when or how we will die, but we can choose how to live. Attitude is such a positive.

3. SLEEP - don't fight it. As we sleep, we are healing.

4. LAUGHTER:

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed that she had only three hairs on her head. "Well, I think I'll braid my hair today." She did and had a wonderful day.

The next day, she saw that she had only two hairs and said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today." She did and had a grand day.

The next day, she noticed that she had only one hair and said, "I'm going to wear a pony tail today." She did and had a fun day.

The next day she didn't have a hair on her head. She said, "Yippeeee--I don't have to fix my hair today."

Then she put on her Sparkle Cap, went to town and wowed everyone!

5. PRAYER - Prayer is the key to the morning and the bolt on the door at night.

It is not an easy journey, and each one of has to find her way, but we are NOT alone. I am now a five-year survivor, and God is using me to help other women coming behind me. We have helped almost 1200 women and 5 men in almost 4 1/2 years. Paying it forward through the charity I founded is part of the healing process for me.

Anonymous
Sumter, SC

Set Free

October 8, 2014. Took my kids to school, grabbed a coffee, and called my doctors office about a lump I had found in my right breast. 3 hours later a radiologist told me it was breast cancer and they needed to perform a biopsy to confirm. The tornado of doctors, procedures, and emotions began. December 10, 2014 I underwent a skin sparing double mastectomy. Initial pathology showed the cancer had not spread to my lymph nodes. 5 days later my doctor called to tell me the final report showed 1 node had been invaded. December 21st they went back in and took 9 more. They were clean. I'm currently half done with my chemo regiment and scheduled for reconstruction in May. There is no way to describe the impact of this diagnosis. The pain of surgery, the pain of skin stretching implant fills, the ugliness of chemo. For me, the worst part has been the fear in my children's eyes. As well as the toll it's taken on my friends and family. But, with great difficulty comes great reward. The silver lining in this is that I've slowed down. I've stopped doing so much for my family and I do more with them. My community wrapped me up and I will never doubt I am loved. My faith is strong and I believe God has a plan. I am thankful for the hard lessons learned and blessed to be set free.

Susie Bradbury
Montesano, WA

Am I cured?

No one will ever know the answer!

As long as I have love and laughter in my life this long and arduous journey has a meaning! 💜

Terri Cooney
Adelaide, Australia

MY 5th ANNIVERSARY

TODAY (Feb. 24th) is the 5th anniversary of the removal of the breast cancer from my body through a lumpectomy. For me, this is the date I became a survivor, even though one needs to go into survivorship mode on the date of diagnosis. A positive attitude is a part of the battle; a reliance on God is a huge part of the battle; family and friends are an integral part of the support team. Be a survivor! Be a caregiver! Be a supportive family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor, church!

Susan "Victorious" Heimbigner
Sumter, SC

My Story

October... A month filled with pink ribbons everywhere, pink night at the rodeo, at football games, so on and so forth. All this for breast cancer awareness month. On October 5, I had my annual check up. The doctor asked "Have you been doing your self exams?" I told her actually I had forgotten since my hysterectomy because I don't get that monthly reminder, so she let me feel what she felt. It was a lump about the size of a quarter. She assured me there was no reason to worry because she was sure it was fibroadenoma caused when the hormone replacement therapy produces too much estrogen and causes a growth. So I was scheduled to go to the hospital for a mammogram and ultrasound. The radiologist came in and talked to my husband and me and showed us the measurements and explained that it does not have the shadow cancer cast, therefore he was sure it was just fibroadenoma but that it definitely had to be removed. The next step was to go see the surgeon. The surgeon said "See how the lump has rounded edges and moves around that's fibroadenoma." He then explained that there was less than 20% chance that it was cancer but the lump still needed to come out and that worst-case scenario if it was cancer I would just need a little radiation and all would be good.

On November 5, just five days before my 39th birthday, I went in for the lumpectomy. A simple procedure, they were just supposed to make a small incision and pop it out. Two hours later the surgeon came out and informed my husband that they were wrong and it was indeed cancer. November 12, I had another procedure to check lymph nodes and get a port so I could begin chemotherapy.

After testing it was determined that I have stage 2 Triple Negative BRCA 1 positive breast cancer. I currently am undergoing chemo and will have a double Mastectomy mid-summer.

I continue to stay positive and am taking this journey one day at a time.

Kalina Hesskew
Seguin, TX

Survivor

I found a lump in the left breast in october2011..had inductal carcinoma.had surgery a lumpectomy nov.2011 then serious infection back in the hospital. Then July 2012 it came back..more surgery more infection.the doctor didn't get it all had more surgery in august. had several different drains at different times atleast 15 drains20 limphnodes were removed..did lots of chemo and radiation....needless to say my left breast is massacred...then nov.2012 I had a seizure and they found a 1.4 centimeter tumor on my motor band..had brain surgery and was partially paralyzed on my right side..I had to use a walker..more radiation..I lost my hair twice I had very long beautiful brown hair..but I looked good bald I didn't wear any wigs. I couldn't use my right side correctly for 3 months..and still have trouble on my right side..lots of pain still everywhere.especially in the breast and it is much smaller than my right. but here I am in 2015 and all tests have been clear for the past2 yrs..except for some small nodules in my lugs that have been decreasing.. I am so grateful to be here today..so thankful .God answered several of my prayers..I had faith and kept a positive attitude about it..I laughed a lot and was with friends..CANCER CAN BE BEAT.IM LIVING PROOF.🌹👣⛪️❤️Thank you for letting me share some of my story❤️Lynda Dewinde 45 yrs old..from Lancaster California.

Lynda Dewinde
Lancaster, CA

Mom & me journey

Mom went for mamo. Cancer was found. First surgery not well. Blue dye she was allergic to. ICU 4 2 days. 2nd surgery got all cancer. Nods no cancer. Now 33 radiation appointments...Prayers 4 no problems. So far Good things.

Anonymous
Grants Pass, OR

My Dog Saved My Life

I went in for a mammogram in early June (2013) and received an 'all clear'. In early November 2013, the dog (76lbs) jumped up and landed on my boobs. The following day I had a lump in my right breast. The following week I had another mammogram and was told 'I think you've got something here'. A biopsy was done that afternoon and I was advised to contact a surgeon. Four days later I received the cancer news (by that time I knew). A week after that (two days before Thanksgiving) I was given the news that I had a highly aggressive cancer and would need an immediate mastectomy. This was done the 5th of December 2013. In the 4 months between the clean and cancer mammograms, the tumor had grown to a size of a large walnut. I hadn't felt anything on self examinations. The doctors figure that it had been deeply planted and that the dog broke it loose so to speak. I was 48 years old. I'm now 50, and am a 1 year survivor!

I had 6 rounds of chemo (no radiation), with a full 52 weeks of Herceptin for HER2+ cancer.

I had been dating my boyfriend just over a year when I was diagnosed. Never once, did I worry that he'd leave me. And never once has he made me feel any less a woman. He's definitely seen me at my worst as it seems I had every known side effect to chemo. We are still together.

The first reconstructive surgery has been set for April 1, 2015. The date was my choice...I figure if I'm going to have a 'fake' boob, I might as well have the surgery done on April Fool's Day.

If I've learned anything in this process, it's that it helps to talk about it. The more I talked about it, the easier it became. Maybe it didn't bother me that much because I'm a MRKH Syndrome Warrior and have dealt with adversity before? My support group (my man and friends) have been a blessing in this journey!

Gabrielle
Gainesville, FL

Believe in LIFE and everything is possible!

I was 30 in 2011 when I felt there was something wrong with me...I went from doctor to doctor, they always said I was stressed only.

My "voice inside" said it was something more serious.

In 2008 I had a dream of a doctor telling me I had cancer in my left breast so I needed an immediate mastectomy...that time I went to have it checked but they did not find anything.

Anyway, I went to a mammogram again after finding a small nodule in my left breast.

After the scan and ultrasound they made a biopsy. My dream came true... A week later they told me I had cancer in my left breast! It seemed to be impossible...

I was in a half-year happy realtionship with my love that time (He is still beside me and we love each other so much!), I had been dreaming of wedding, children, happiness...but at that minute I had only one thing in my mind - I must survive for my dreams, for myself, for my future children, for my loved ones! I will win, I have to win, no other options!

A week later I was over the first operation - cancer had spread all over my left side so I needed a mastectomy as soon as possible.

I decided to have my right breast removed also and that was the best decision of my life! I wanted to be safe for the future! I thought: "this is the task to solve now, so let's do it!"

After a bunch of chemos, radiation, hormone therapy and 4 operations I am totally healthy and I am just having my last, final reconstruction on 24th February 2015!:-)

With the help of God, my loved ones, especially with my Man:-), my super doctors nothing seemed to be impossible!

You always have to be positive and belive in Your stregths and in the strength of love! Also, You have to learn the task why God made You go through this path! Listen to the voice of Your body!

Believe in LIFE and everything is possible! :-)

Sylvia
Esztergom, Hungary
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