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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
Peter’s Story: Male MBC
My name is Peter Devereaux. I am 51 years old and have metastatic breast cancer.
I was initially diagnosed with stage 3b male breast cancer on January 11th, 2008. One morning when I woke my hand bumped into my chest and I noticed a lump. I had no idea at all that men could get breast cancer. I contacted my doctor and had a mammogram, ultrasound and core biopsy. A few days later the doctor called me up and said I had male breast cancer; I asked him if he was calling the right patient. I was in complete shock!!!
I had a mastectomy and 22 cancerous lymph nodes removed, followed… » Read More
Deb: Living the Life I Was Given
In May of 2009, I was experiencing one of the happiest, healthiest time periods of my life. My husband and I were getting used to our children being young adults, and grandchildren were showing up faster than we could ever have imagined. We worked hard, to be able to travel and spend time with our family and friends on the weekends. Life was good.
When I found the small lump in my breast, my life, as I knew it, changed.
Medical tests proved that little lump had already spread cells to my liver and bone. Daily medications, several surgeries, radiation, and… » Read More
Christine’s Story: It is love that matters
This is the story of my cancer journey. I was diagnosed at the age of 42 with early stage breast cancer. The cancer was in my right breast, but I choose to have a bi-lateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. Unfortunately, the reconstruction turned out to be a nightmare. I had six painful and emotionally draining surgeries. But eventually, I had my new breasts and the cancer was gone. It took two years to do that. It took another year to absorb all that had happened. By the fourth year, I had accepted it and was beginning to finally move on and stop being a recluse. I started to get… » Read More
Tanya: Moving Forward with Faith
I am 42 yrs. old, married and the mother of 3 children ages, 20, 16 and 14. I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in August of 2011. This diagnosis came 14 months after I had a clean mammogram. At the time of my diagnosis, a pet scan determined that the cancer had spread to my liver, making me stage IV from the start.
My doctors were not optimistic at all; they seemed to think that the fact that I had triple negative cancer meant that my situation was quite serious. My doctor told me that she was going to try to contain the cancer, not cure it. I started… » Read More
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