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I had initially had a thermogram done and was advised they had seen nothing out of the ordinary, that was only less than a year ago. I went to my PCP after feeling a very hard lump on the underside of my lt breast. She sent me for a mammogram 2 days later and was diagnosed on July 25th of this year, at the age of 41, with Stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma with HER2 still pending. I had to have a lumpectomy to remove a piece of the tumor because they couldn't get a reading from the biopsy sample. I've been told that I will have to do chemo (which I'm also using holistic therapy in conjunction with), followed by surgery then radiation. Thankfully it hasn't spread any further than to just a single lymph node in my armpit. I am just beginning this journey and at times it's very overwhelming.

My late grandmother was a BC survivor and so won't I. I have a wonderfully caring husband and 2 boys (18 & 4) to strive to live the best, healthiest life I can possibly live, so that I can be there to see my grandchildren someday and overindulge them silly. I am so very confident that I will kick this in the butt, and strongly encourage every woman out there to remain diligent in breast exams, whether that be self exams, thermograms or mammograms. I CAN"T STRESS IT ENOUGH!!

Heather Pelletier
Acton, ME

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