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OH NO,NOT ME .

On Jan 13, 2003 , I got the news that I had Stage 3 breast cancer. There was no history of breast cancer in my family. I found out that this didn't make any difference. I had always been the one that helped others. Now I had to accept the help from others. This was especially hard for me, I was an independent person and needed no one's help( at least I thought). I had a lumpectomy, six months of chemotherapy and two months of radiation. I also found out that my cancer was what is categorized as Triple Negative. This breast cancer sometimes does not react to the chemotherapy like the other types. I was very lucky, mine did react to aggressive treatment well. I am now a 6 year survivor. Each new day is a special day. The support and prayers of my family and friends helped me deal with this bump in the road of my life. NEVER GIVE UP !

Juli
Indianapolis, IN

The Big C

Are we even remotely close to an answer

To the number one killer disease called cancer?

This dreadful disease is claiming too many lives

It has science working overtime but yet it defies

Medication and radiation are treatments not a cure

When and how to end this disease no one is sure

Giving up is not an option; we must prevail

With everyone's efforts we cannot fail

The time length for cancer cure will be shorter

If every working American would donate a quarter

If you think about it that's a small price to pay

Considering the outcome we shouldn't delay

If we all work together toward a cure for cancer

The quality of our lives would be a little grandeur

Prevention is the best means of protection

Annual mammograms offers early detection

The breast cancer site and others who care

Click daily to save lives of women every where

Lets show this disease that we are the hero

We can turn this big C into a little zero

By

Katarina Davis

Copyright © Katarina Davis

Katarina Davis
San Bernardino, CA

My Journey with Breast Cancer

I encourage every woman out there to get their yearly mammogram. I have been getting them since I am 40 and this past year on Dec 20th ,2008 I had an abnormal mammogram. After further testing, I was told on Feb 24th 2009 that I had DCIS, which is an early form of Breast Cancer. I did a lot of research and opted for a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction surgery. I am now 45. My sister who is 9 years younger than me, asked her Dr if she could have a baseline mammogram because of my diagnosis, and he said sure why not. Well guess what? She also has DCIS and it was caught on her mammogram as well. Neither of us had any palpable lumps or masses. We were both diagnosed from mammograms. She is opting for the same surgeries that I had. I am so glad that I had my yearly mammogram, because not only did I save my life, I saved my sister's life as well. So ladies, please get your yearly mammogram. It could save your life and the life of someone you love.

Sincerely

Bonnie Mietelski

Be Aware, support the cause!

Bonnie Mietelski
Hamburg, PA

My Miracle Child

I was diagnosed at 36 years of age with stage 2 breast cancer in 2006. Two days later I found out I was 8 weeks pregnant. I knew there was no chance of me terminating the pregnancy, I trusted completely on God. I went forward with my lumpectomy and begin 4 treatment of chemo during my 2nd trimester. In June of 2006, my sister was diagnosed with colon cancer, we both were taking chemo at the same time. In July of 2006, after I finished my first rounds of chemo, my son came 2 months early. He stayed in NICU for 22 days, and while he was there I started chemo again. In October, my sister passed, she lived 5 months after discovering her cancer. In Jan. of 2007 I started my 6 weeks of radiation treatment and took care of my 5 month old son. Since 2006, I have dealt with sickeness, death, and pregnancy, but during this all, I have kept my FAITH strong in the Lord. He is truly the only way that I made it through. Today I am 3 years cancer free, and raising my son who is turning 3, as a single parent. He is my miracle and my joy for everything that I do, I do for him.

Sandy
Statesboro, GA

Out of the blue

I noticed a very slight dimple, and just knew that something was wrong. The Dr.'s did not see what I saw and could not feel anything unusual. They did not think it was anything to worry about. I scheduled a mammogram, and it showed a suspicious spot. I immediately had an ultrasound, followed by a biopsy. They found two separate tumors, and 4 other suspicous spots. Within two weeks I had a bi-lateral mastectomy. I was only 44 when I found out, and there isn't a single case of breast cancer in my family history. I am so thankful for the availability of mammograms and screening. I am almost one year out from my diagnosis, and doing well.

Laura
Columbia, MO

My Breast Cancer Fight

I was diagnosed in January of 2008, yes, I'm a survivor of only 1 year and 5 months. I had a rough life as far as support and money so when I was sent an angel, my boyfriend of 4 years, I was very grateful. I could have never survived without his support. He didn't have alot of money, but he pushed to find ways to make it happen, that's where Susan Koeman foundation came in.

Right now, I am cancer free and walking for the fight with Making Strides against cancer. My daught has completely surprised me with her support. She has gone all out to raise money for this cause.

Support and especially attitude wins this thing!!!!

Sharon Hughes

Sharon Hughes
Lake Worth, FL

Blessed to Be Here

In 2006 at age 47 I was diagnosed with stage 1 lobular breast cancer in the right breast. I opted for lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. In May of 2008 I was diagnosed with DCIS in the left breast. I decided to have a bi-lateral mastectomy with reconstruction. In June of 2009 I developed an infection around the implant on my right side and had to have the implants removed. I am now healing from this last surgery and will be taking Femara for the next 5 years. I have been blessed to have awesome support from family and friends who were alwasy there for me. It has been a long hard road, but as of today, I remain cancer free. Every woman needs to be religious about having mamograms. They save lives !!

Sandy Warren
Morristown, NY

No more bad days

In July of 2007, my rodeo announcer husband announced his first ever Tough Enough To Wear Pink night. He spent hours researching breast cancer so he could be well informed, rather than just regurgitate the information he would receive the night of the rodeo. Since cancer didn't exist in either of our families, he just wanted to bring our awareness in the crowd.

On October 25, 2007 I had a lump removed from my left breast, fully expecting the pathology to come back as a cyst. It was early stage, triple negative breast cancer. Fortunately, it hadn't spread to my lymph nodes so I had four months of chemo followed by 33 days of radiation. I thank God that Michael had the information he had found during the summer since it really helped us both with my diagnosis.

During the last year and a half, my husband and I have found out what is really important in life. The petty day to day irritations just aren't important any more. Michael is more determined than ever to spread the word about the cancer epidemic. We were the poster family for the breast cancer group he works with each summer for the TETWP nights, and he's not afraid to go in front of cameras and microphones to encourage both women and men to go see a doctor, get checked early and often to make sure to catch any chance of cancer early.

Michael is my hero. I'm so blessed to have him with me, and couldn't have made it through without him in my life. I didn't just go through cancer, we all did. Our son, Jared was young enough that hopefully he won't remember when mommy was sick.

Each day is a gift and we rejoice in as a family.

Leslie
Burns, WY

Vigilance

My breast cancer - more than 8 years ago - was detected by a sonogram. It was not detectable on a mammogram. So I urge women to ask their doctors whether they have breasts that are dense or if there is some other reason for them to have sonograms as well as mammograms. A few years ago, I started having yearly MRIs also, since some tumors are not detectable via mammography or sonography. I think that women at high risk of breast cancer should consider all three diagnostic tools. The downside to this vigiliance is that I have had 6 biopsies -- 3 surgical and 3 needle -- in the past seven years. Luckily for me, they have all been negative for cancer. Today, I am healthy and cancer-free. I expect to stay that way, but still intend to be vigilant.

Amy Rothstein
New York, NY

The Importance of Mammograms and Counseling

At age 61, I started to lactate in my right breast...the tumor was benign. After loosing my husband to Lung Cancer in '03, being so angry and lost...I didn't have my yearly mammogram for 4 years. I just didn't care. I have had so many byospies in my life that they became second nature to me. When I finally had my mammogram, I was told I had Cancer all around my removed milk gland and needed a mastectomy. My thinking was if I could get Cancer where I had a biyospy in one breast, why couldn't the same apply to my other breast? I elected at age 68, to have a double mastectomy. I no longer have Breast Cancer...and because of the double, I no longer worry about my breast.

I have to tell you that I went through what is know as SURVIVORS GUILT. I had never heard of it before and that is why I am mentioning this.I felt so guilty that my Cancer was taken care of... but there was NOTHING anyone could do for my husband. I went to one of our local Cancer Centers...was seen by a Cancer Counselor...and today I am just so very blessed. I am CANCER FREE.

Valerie Matricciani
Havre de Grace, MD
Midnight Garden Socks
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