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My story.

I went for my yearly mammogram October 2013 and a spot showed up. They sent me for a biopsy 3 days later, and found it to be cancer. I went to the surgeon, and she was surprised, you could not feel it. I was a stage 1. By the time the surgery happened on nov 6 th, it was a high stage 2. They did a mastectomy as I asked, also took 3 lymph nodes. After my gene testing results came back, I opted for a mastectomy of my left breast. That one was all clear. The also removed 9 more lymph nodes on the right at that time. Then came the chemo in jan, I was lucky I only had to do 4 rounds, but it was a great weight loss program. I lost 45 pounds during it. The only problem I really had, was my scar split, and I had to have a nurse come 3 days a week for 5 months for them to heal. Then when everything was good with my breast cancer, they found I had a 58% chance of getting ovarian cancer, so in August 2014 I had my ovaries and tubes removed. Luckily, no signs of cancer. Now I am working on losing weight, so I just had the gastric sleeve done a few weeks ago. I am 57 yrs old, and I want to be around along time. Cancer is a family thing. My mom had ovarian, my dad and son at age 30 had colon cancer, and 2 aunts had brain. It is something I really have to be aware of. I am glad I have made it through, I know it's tough, but just keep praying through it, it may take a lot out of you, but living is great. I send my best wishes to all who have gone through it or have someone they love going through it. Good luck.

Kay zilverberg
Colorado Springs, CO

Survivor

I was Diagnosed on January 21, 2011 with Breast Cancer I had both Breast removed on Feb. 1,2011, I was scared at first but then my husband held me and said we will get thru this together, my family and friends gather round us and told me you are strong you will pull thru this with flying colors and here it is 4 years later and I'm still here. I feel like god has me here for a reason and that it to let everyone going thru this that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that true friends and family members can and will help you thru the rough times in your live. My neice went thru this a couple of years before I was diagnosed with it and she was my inspiration thru it and I was able to talk to her about what I was facing she was really a big help to me and my husband.

Peggy Phillips
Leeds, AL

My Light

I had breast cancer in the first stage of pregnancy. I chose to have a mastectomy in order to get all the cancer cells. The light at the end of the tunnel was a healthy baby boy who is turning 14 next week.šŸ˜Š. I praise the Lord for my son and my life!

Beverly Smith
Chesnee, SC

My Story

May 2014 I was diagnosed with right breast cancer at the age 58. I have always gone in every year for Mannograms. But that year I had a Mannogram and a Ultrasound then the next day for biopsy. Then the phone call came in from my Dr. and that I was told that I had right breast cancer. I had a MRI done that is where I was told that I was at stage 3, invasive ductal carcinoma and nonvasive ductal carcinoma,Triple Negative,Her2nu. Had done Chemo, Surgery, Radation. When I started my Chemo in June 2014 had started cycle 1 then cycle 2 in Aug finished all all this in Oct 30 and had surgery on Dec 3 got the result 2 days later, I was clean.But I have Herceptin as a maintinence that I also started in Aug and finish it in this Aug 2015.And I never gave up the hope and kept going strong and finishing the fight.

Deletha Goodnight
Whitefish, MT

Now it is a Story

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, IĀ’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! šŸ’œ

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
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