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1995 My Breast Cancer Experience

When the mobile mammogram unit came to my workplace, I didn't think too much about it, but decided to go ahead and do a mammogram that day. In a few days I was notified that there was a growth in the lower part of my left breast. It was cancer, so I went through chemo and than radiation. It wasn't too bad but it certainly wasn't pleasant.

It has been 13 years, and I count myself very lucky, I just had a mammogram and some nodules were seen, and I have to go in November for another mammogram, but I am hopeful, and try not to dwell on the thoughts of it back again.

Good luck to all of you.

Shirley Subin
Floyd, VA

Grateful for Free Mammograms

I have had a history of benign (thank fully) breast cysts. I had

one cyst needle aspirated with the possibility of having to

have a breast biopsy and possibly surgery to remove any suspicious

cells. That resulted in me having to have 2 mammograms per year

for 3 years. Thankfully when I was diagnosed with 12 benign cysts I was told by the radiologist ( who my breast surgeon referred my case to) said if I didn't have any pain , no cysts needed to be aspirated. Boy was I thankful as having one cyst needle aspriated was painful enough. Because of some life situations I was on COBRA

and couldn't afford to pay those costly premiums on the low income

I had on Social Security Disabiltiy. Thanks to a free clinic which

referred me to the Hope Project of the American Cancer Society

I was able to have a mammogram for free and I was symptom

free. So if you think that it reallly isn't worth clicking on this

site every day think about women, like me , who depend on your

charity so they can get free mammograms.

Deborah Frichette Kurecka
Lake Worth, FL

My mum's promise

My mum had breast cancer.

My whole life I had heard of women that suffered from it but I never really thought about it because these women were not my relatives or so.

Then the day came when my mother said that she found a lump in her breast. I didn't want to realize it and so I thought 'maybe it's nothing' but one day she came back from the doctor and it was clear that she had breast cancer.

The evening we sat together and talked. I was really afraid because I thought of the worst case, that she may die. I think she felt my fear and she said this sentence I won't forget for the rest of my life:

"I promise you 200% that I will not die from the cancer."

She said she knew because in church someone had read a verse from John 11,4 that she felt was made for her and it said that "this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby."

It meant so much to me because I knew that my mother would fight and that the Lord Jesus would help her. And she did. She had a chemo and then radiation therapy and she won the fight.

I am so thankful that she kept her promise and that the Lord Jesus also did!

Carolin
Huekeswagen, Germany

32 years and counting!

In 1977 while doing a breast check on myself, I found a rather large lump. My doctor has advised me to look for abnormal puckering as well as external lumps. Two weeks later I had a modified radical mastectomy, spent two weeks in hospital (remember this was 32 years ago) and was sent home. No support group, no advice. Six weeks later I started chemotherapy (because the tumor was so large they said). What followed was the worst year of my life. But now, at the ripe young age of 72 I am still alive and active and volunteering my time for charities. I was fortunate to have wonderful support from my husband, my family and my friends and today I am enjoying watching my grandchildren grow up and become fine young people. There is indeed, life after breast cancer.

Noreeta Finn

Regina, Canada

Anonymous
Regina, SK, Canada

Grandmas cancer

My Grandma found a lump in her breast in the early 1950's she went to her Doctor and he had trouble finding it and asked her where it was she showed him and then he couldn't figure out how he couldn't find it because it was as big as a Golf ball. He refereed her to the Doctor that developed the mastectomy surgery. The Doctor performed the surgery and told her he went deeper than he needed to in order to make sure he got all the Cancer. My Grandma was worried how she was going to provide for my Mom and my Uncle while she was laid up since my Grandfather died of a Heart Attack one year before. The Doctor told her not to worry he took care of the Hospital bill due to a widows fund he set up, and she would get money to take care of her and my Mom and my Uncle from the widows fund. The cancer never came back she ended up living another 46 years and died of Heart Disease at age 77.

Tammy
Portland, OR

my one and only sister

My sister had breast cancer - the kind that spreads real fast, and she suffered a lot. She was only 60 years old. I miss her and love her a lot. My sister passed away on January 18, 2009.

MY MOTHER SHE HAD BREAST CANCER TOO, BUT SHE MADE IT THROUGH, AND SHE HAS BEEN FREE FOR 5 YEARS NOW! MY MOTHER IS 78 YEARS OLD.

donna westberry
shafter, CA

Check yourself every month!

A week before my 49th birthday I found a small lump during my monthly breast check. Luckily I did my checks regularly because it turned out to be a very aggressive breast cancer - triple negative. My surgeon told me that it definitely had not been there a month before and that if I hadn't found it, my chances of a good outcome would have been doubtful. Four years later, after a lumpectomy, 18 weeks of chemo and six weeks of radiation, I am still alive and kicking. I still do my monthly checks and urge all the women in my life to do the same.

Lianne Friedman
Montgomery Village, MD

Just got results from Imaging Center

I just got results from my mammography . There is something that needs further investigation. I am so upset with myself because I just kept procrastinating. I am 60 and I waited 21/2 years between mammograms. Couldn't take time off from work, just plain forgetting, didn't have a RX and now I feel like I have this "thing" groing in my breast since then. But I always try to click this site to help other women. Glad I have this site for information etc. Everyone pray for me as I do for all others.

Thanks

Sandra

Anonymous
Coconut Creek, FL

Assume Kindness...

Treatment for Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer was a humbling experience. I was diagnosed 2 years ago at the age of 42. I had recently returned to teaching & was the Mother of 7 and 9 year old sons. There was no history of breast cancer in family.

Yearly mammograms did not identify the tumor. I had only missed 2 months of self breast exams, resulting in a 3.5 cm tumor. I count myself lucky, since I had an aggressive form of cancer.

Surgery for a bilateral mastectomy, complications of lymphodemia and 5 months of weekly chemo (sparing you all the complications) soon followed. If women only knew that the side effects of treatment far outweigh the minimal inconvenience of a monthly breast exam. When cancer is caught in it's early stage, chemo can be avoided.

One of the graces of chemo is that you get to be on the outside, looking in. Observant to life's lessons. During this time I lost a new friend to a 10 year cancer fight. Visiting Joyce on her last day made me realize that the little worries just aren't worth the effort.

Surviving cancer isn't about you, it's about the people around you. You have the power to set the tone and teach people how to handle adversity. Assume kindness every day. You just don't know what others are experiencing in their own lives.

Kitty Opatz
Maple Grove, MN

my mom lost her fight

My mom Debra Elizabeth Brown lost her fight with Breast Cancer on 3/21/07, at the age of 46. We all knew she had cancer, and expected her to win her fight.

She found out she only had months to live, and kept that away from everyone, no one knew. She wanted to spare everyone's feelings, yet she suffered all alone, by knowing she was dying!!!!!!

The last two weeks of her life, I was by her side, and never knew she was dying! We were all in such shock, that she died. We all continue to mourn our loss, and miss her so much..

We love, and miss you so much mom........R-I-P

Lisa Brown
Detroit, MI
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