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My girlfriend Cherri has been an inspiration to me. She has a contagious smile and disposition and is always there for you. When she was diagnosed with cancer, I was there for her. Her determination to not let this disease get the best of her was remarkable. She is a teacher and told her class what to expect in the coming months after surgery. I never saw her depressed or feeling sorry for herself. When she had to wear a wig, it was reddish-purple! She is now cancer free and everyday I think about her trail and know what a fighter she really is!
On April 28, 2007 my sister, Lisa found a lump in her breast. The doctor confirmed it was stage 3b breast cancer (grade 3 tumor). She was only 37 years old. A lumpectomy removed a 5cm tumor. Lisa then began her treatments on June 15, which started with chemotherapy every other Friday for four months followed by radiation. My sister's official remission date is April 4, 2008. I was there from start to finish and am still amazed by her strength and courage to beat it. She does home daycare and only took off the Friday's she had chemotherapy. In August 2008, even though she was only four months into her remission, we decided to take on the Susan G Komen-3 day, 60-mile walk challenge. In order to raise enough money to walk, our charity event, Golf for a Cure was born. We raised $11,000 in the fight against breast cancer! Because of the huge success and the fun we had, we decided to make it an annual event. We work hard each year to ensure our Golf for a Cure brings friends together for the common goal of making a difference in the fight against breast cancer.
My Grandma died of breast cancer when I was only three so I never really got to know her, but I want to help stop breast cancer because it took away my grandma from me and I don't want that to happen to someone else. I really support stopping all cancer though because my grandpa had cancer and a close family friend recently died of cancer. I want to stop this because I can't just sit here and let that happen. I want to do as much as I can to find a cure.
In June of 2008 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had one area that was cancerous, nothing in my lymph nodes. A simple lumpectomy took away the cancer area in August of 2008. I had radiation treatments for 5 weeks and am now waiting to have another test to see if I am still free of cancer in my breasts. Getting my examination each year was the best thing I could do and I urge all women to have them. Betty Ann Robbins
In May I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had one lumph that was cancerous, nothing in lymph nodes. A simple lumpectomy took away my cancer. I am to begin perhaps a few radiation treatments or perhaps only hormonal therapy. I am very fortunate that my cancer was not serious and could be taken care of very quickly. God was with me. I give Him thanks for early detection and a quick response by Bertrad Breast Center and Dr. Amber Allen.
At my six month follow up after having my second child, my OB/GYN suggested that I get a baseline mammogram since I had just turned 35. I was still nursing my baby and asked if I had to quit nursing. She told me that she did not feel anything unusual in my breast exam and to go whenever I quit nursing. 5 months later I went in for my baseline mammogram when they found "a worrisome mass". That was May 2008 when I was diagnosed with Stage 2-A invasive intraductal carcinoma. After my lumpectomy in June I went through 8 rounds of chemo then 6 weeks of radiation.
On June 5th 2009, I celebrated being cancer free for one year. I have learned so many things during this last year. I learned how much I am loved. I learned just how strong I am (emotionally, physically, and spiritually). I also learned that I am not defined by my diagnosis. I choose to be happy regardless of my circumstances.
As I went through treatment I felt like everyone looked at me as a cancer patient and now a breast cancer survivor, but there is so much more to me that that. I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a friend. I am a child of God. I am a professional. I am a daughter. I am so much more than just my diagnosis.
If you were diagnosed with breast cancer remember that you are more than your diagnosis too.
In 2002 after being diagnosed with a small breast cancer I opted for mastectomy and reconstruction because of family history. I was 54 at the time. After 4 years a new cancer was found unrelated to the first. This time it was bad. I had another mastectomy, chemo radiaion and reconstruction. I lost all of my long blond hair. But my friends reminded me that hair does not define who you are. It is what is in your heart. I am stage 4 chronic disease but I am currently in remission. NEVER give up hope always keep a postive attitude and live life to its fullest. I now volunteer at Gilda's Club and give support to others who are on the same journey. I may have cancer BUT it does not have me. Remember to have your mammograms. When in doubt ask questions. YOU are your best advocate.
The first year I was on the program for free manmagrams was the year that they found some thing which turned out to be cancer. I continue to use the program and am very Thankful for it. It has been seven years for me now and hoping this month when I go in; it will be another good year. So glad there is some thing out there for women that don't have insurance that will cover these checkups ones a year at least. Thank you for all you do and hope it continues to be a program that will be around forever.
I was disagnosed with IDC on February 29, 2008, I was 46 years old. I had a mastectomy in March 2008 then six chemotherapy treatments. A shout out to Duke University Medical Center in Raleigh/Durham NC for their wonderful care. This October I am walking in the Susan G. Komen for a Cure 3-Day 60 mile walk in Philadelphia. We need a cure in time for our children and their children!
I am a very lucky woman, I live in England so get free mamograms here. In 2007 I went for my 4 yearly mamogram in the local Tesco car park, we have mobile units here. As this is a normal procedure for me I thought no more of this until I received my results a few weeks later recalling me as the mamogram was inconclusive. Along I went with my sister & daughter for support. I still thought nothing of this I had no lumps, after several more mamograms they discovered that I had suspicious deposits in my milk glands, they did a core biopsy there and then and I was contacted the following Wednesday and told it was cancer and I needed a operation to remove this area. Within 6 weeks I had had my op, and been discharged, they just removed the infected area wiich was at the back of the breast and done on day surgery. I had 2 follw up appointments with the surgon and and cancer doctor and then 15 sessions of radiotherapy as a precautionary measure. They cannot tell if this type of cancer which in my case was non invasive would have ever turned into full blown breast cancer and I have agreed to take part in a more indepth study by supplying blood and access to my medical records to help future ladies.
I now go for yearly mamograms for 5 years and keep my fingers crossed that I stay ALL CLEAR! I click for you every day as you have to pay for your mamograms. As I said I am one very lucky lady and want to help others so as long as this site exists & I am able, I shall click every day.