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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
Laurel: Motorcycle Therapy
Diagnosed with stage III cancer in 2005, I hoped that I would escape the metastatic vortex. I even found a new wisdom that many of us get from the cancer struggle. I called the cancer my "termite infestation" and was sure surgery, chemo, radiation and aromatase inhibitors would do the trick. The bugs were not impressed in 2011, finding a home in my spine, pelvis and liver. My peace of mind, thoroughly cultivated during those six years of being "cancer free", quickly was replaced by fear and uncertainty as I was once again overwhelmed by the thought of chemo and an incurable diagnosis.
Bonnie: Beauty from Ashes
I was first diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in 1999. At that time my husband and I and our two sons were living overseas for my husband's work. We came back to the States, where I had treatment and then returned overseas 9 months later.
In 2007, I went to the doctor regarding a pain in my arm. Yes, cancer had returned and metastasized. We knew if my cancer would ever return, we would need to leave our life overseas, so we uprooted our family and moved back to So. California. Since 2007, I have gone through several medications and chemotherapy treatments.… » Read More
Eloise: NED (no evidence of disease) since 2007
I was a very young child when breast cancer first affected my life. My mother was diagnosed with the disease in her early thirties. I didn't even know she was sick until it was close to the end. More than anything, she wanted to live to see my little sister Andrea and me grow up. Ultimately, she lost the battle in May of 1987 when she was just 35 years old. I was 5, and without a mommy.
In April 2002, nearly 15 years after my mother's death, I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). The cancer was only in my right breast. I was 20 years old, nearing… » Read More
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