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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 by… » 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
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.
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