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Sarah: N.E.D. after 4 years

I was 28 years old, only a few years out of college. I had a beautiful son and a great career. Without warning, I noticed a ping pong sized lump in my left breast. I waited a week before I went to the doctor, thinking I had just banged into something and that it would heal on its own.

 

When I did go to the doctor, she said I was much too young for breast cancer and that it was most likely a cyst, but she sent me to the breast clinic to be examined anyway. After many biopsies, mammograms, and a breast MRI, I was told that I had breast cancer. At the time the breast cancer… » Read More

Lynn: Faith and Meaning

In June of 1994, I was on top of the world.  We just moved into our dream house in May.  I was so excited that I danced on our kitchen island.  The day after we returned from an incentive trip that I won at Verizon, I went into the hospital for a biopsy.  The news was bad. Stage 2 breast cancer, and a very aggressive cancer at that.  I was devastated. I thought I was too young to have cancer plus I had no family history of breast cancer. 


I had a lumpectomy and axillary node dissection.  Treatment consisted of 9 months of chemotherapy and radiation… » Read More

Susan: Embracing Life

We all have something challenging that we need to embrace and to live with. My challenge started 12 years ago when I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. I was a married mother of a daughter in 5th grade. After a double mastectomy, chemo, reconstruction and some counseling, my husband, daughter and I felt like we were well on our way back to our normal life. I felt like my biggest prayer was answered. I prayed that I could raise my daughter. I feel like answered prayers are the beauty God shows us. I am now 53, and my daughter has graduated college and has gotten married.

 

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Yvonne: Thrilled to be Living

In 1995 after losing my two young daughters in a 27-month custody battle in Family Court, I discovered a small lump in my left breast. It was investigated and found to be benign and I was told to keep an eye on it. I did, faithfully having it checked yearly.

 

In 2005, after many years of stress making sure I got my fair share of contact with my children and after having just gotten engaged to the man I'd been with for 5 years, I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. I gave my new partner the option to break off our engagement. He didn't.

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Pam: A 9 year journey, not a battle

I am 69 years old, retired, and have been living with metastatic breast cancer for over 9 years! I've had bad moments, gained some weight, been tired and cranky at times, but I am alive and able to do a lot of the things that have always given me joy.

I walk our two dachshunds every day and marvel at how their compact little bodies move so efficiently! I garden. This spring I planted hollyhocks and they have grown taller than I am and bloomed in wonderful shades of fuchsia and pink and remind me of the flowers of my childhood. I still bake and cook and enjoy meals. I still… » Read More

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