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In 1999, I had a modified radical mastectomy of my right breast. Ten years later, I am cancer free. Mammograms are so important ... my cancer was found because of one. That's why I click every day ... many times more than once!

Nancy
West Palm Beach, FL

Bad News

On June 16,2008 we were told my wife had lung cancer.We have been married for 48 years and been thru lots of rough times.We survived 3

tours in Vietnam.Marlene helped me on that.Now I am doing the same

for her.We will survive this part of life also.All things in life are pracious

and worth fighting for.Thanks to everyone that has helped and still

helping.

Bobby G. Jones
Palm Bay, FL

Celebrate Life

In April 2007 I had a double mascetomy due to breast cancer. I thought I would never survive the surgery, chemo, etc. But, here I am today a survivor of 2 years. I celebrate each day and appreciate every day. My goal in life now is to help other women who are facing this terrible disease. I try to tell women ,that I am referred to, all the little things that will change in their lives and ways to make the transition easier. I am thankful that the Lord has led me through this disease and has carried me all the way through some tough decisions.

My mother, also, had breast cancer and past away at 57 years of age. I encourage all women with the disease to have genetic testing done for their daughters, sisters and other family members.

Cancer truly changes your life and sometimes for the better.

I am a SURVIVOR.

Beverly Rogers
Church Hill, TN

So Much For Stage Four Cancer, 15 % and Five years !!

1957 - Mother diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38. Wife eleven years old.

1959 - Cancer spreads to mother's brain and dies.

1984- January - Wife 38. Breast self exam suggests cancer. Contacts doctor to set up exam.

February - Doctor doesn't think so. Wife does.

March - Mamogram does not reveal cancer.

May - Wife schedules biopsy procedure for early June.

June - Doctor comes out of procedure and announces cancer is into the lymph system and wants to know WHAT TO DO ! Told him I have no idea since I'm not a doctor but he better do what he has to do since my wife dislikes hospitals and may not come back. Very angry! Result - double radical mastectomy. Wife a basket case but determined to see children ( same ages as she and her siblings in 1957 ) through high school. Best mom ever. Cancer estrogen positive, elects to have hysterectomy to increase survival. Cancer protocal: chemo, radiation, chemo.

Loses hair during chemo. Being sent to County Hospital for radiation with medical records. Stop on way to read. Wife head of her nursing class reads she has stage four cancer and given a 15% chance to survive five years. Crushed!

Gets radiation sickness, spiking temps all weekend. Calls clinic, told she has flu !! Calls County, go in, treated,symptoms disappear. Finish protocal.

Takes kids on cross country train trip so they might remember her. First Christmas finds 75 gifts under the tree for our three kids. She wants them to know they are loved.

2009 - So much for 15%, five years and stage four cancer : - )) God blessed us. Children grown and have two grandchildren! Trying to get wife to retire from nursing. Best wife, mother, nurse you'll ever know.

Anonymous
Brown Deer, WI

The 2nd Time Around

I was diagnosed with breast cancer the first time in 1986 at the age of 33. A modified radical mastectomy with removal of lymph nodes was performed. After testing, the lymph nodes showed to be clear. Back then, when the nodes were clear, the treatment was over. I lived a very happy and cancer free life until Jan., 2006. Just like the first time, I found the lump myself and went straight to the doctor. The initial biopsy showed cancer again. My husband and I were both in shock. One minute we laughed and said, "haven't we been through this before", and the next we were crying. After a lumpectomy and removal of the three sentinel nodes, the news wasn't quite as good this time. The cancer had spread. The oncologist said that the cancer was fast growing, so the fast tract was taken to get the chemo started. As you know, that was no piece of cake, but with God's help, along with family and friends, it saved my life. After 4 months of chemo, I started that long climb back up the hill, my hair started to grow back and before I knew it I was feeling great. My next hurdle was to have a second mastectomy. Currently, I am in the middle of the reconstruction procedure and looking forward to living another 30 or so years. Live everyday to it's fullest, never take life for granted, and above all else, never give up.

patra
arab, AL

Continuing To Survive!

I am an eighteen and a half years breast cancer survivor! I have lived long enough to see eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren born and I am very greatful to God for this extra time on earth. I hope I can have a few more years, but if not, thanks so much for the memories, kids!

Joan Zimmer
Pacifica, CA

Supporting the Cause through Art

About four years ago, my friend, Barb, and I started making jewelry. It quickly became a passionate hobby and I suggested that we start selling our jewelry. Because we both have friends and family that have dealt with breast cancer (some survivors, some not so lucky), we decided to donate 10% of every sale to breast cancer research. Barb is an architect and I am an engineer, so we named our company, Details. We have continued to grow in our abilities to come up with unique designs and now also include hand-knotted pearls and unique wire names and wire wrapped pendants. We have also had shows where 20% of the proceeds go to a specific person (coworker, friend, neighbor, etc.) to help with their medical expenses while they fight this disease.

We hope to make a difference. Hopefully, there will be a cure for this in my lifetime.

Lisa Coyan
Lenexa, KS

Never met my grandmother...

...well, my mother's mother (I knew my father's mother for decades!); she died of breast cancer in her 30's, when my mom was only 8. I wished I could've met her, but that was before the days of mammography. My mother's always been good about getting checked up herself because of that, and she's still going strong in her mid-80's! Hope I do as well when I'm that age!

Nancy
Pasadena, CA

Survivor Story

I was diagnosed with DCIS in January, 2007 and in February, 2007 I was also diagnosed with Uterine cancer. I elected to have a lumpectomy and centinel node surgery and had 35 radiation treatments for the breast cancer and a hysterectomy for the uterine cancer. I have been taking Femara for two years and feel great. When I was diagnosed with cancer, I told my cancer team I was planning on taking a trip in 2009 with the class I advise at school. On March 28th, I am flying with my class to Orlando, Florida for a visit to Dysney World. Today, 2 years later I am a strong survior and back in my classroom teaching Health. I credit my excellent outcome to the yearly mammogram I began at age 39 when my older sister was diagnoised with invasive breast cancer. Also a strong faith in God and a strong support system helped me through. I also took the time during and after my treatment to bake goodies for my cancer team. I know they enjoyed their treats and baking gave me a focus and helped me keep a positive attitude.

Nancy Blohm
Adrian, MI

Warning!!!

On November 2, 2006, my left breast was removed due to cancer. I want to warn every one who gets breast cancer, do not let your primary care physician direct you to the surgeon to remove your breast. Go immediately to a plastic surgeon, who will remove the breast and do the implant in one proceedure. In my case, the breast was removed, and then the expander was implanted, and then the implant was implanted. Three surgeries instead of one!!! WARNING - go to a plastic surgeon to get the breast removed and the implant done in ONE proceedure. Save further surgeries, and the way the removal was done. I want to shout this to the world. Learn from my mistake. Gladys

Gladys Meredith
North Las Vegas, Nevada, NV
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