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Becky: Watching the Sunrise
I was 36 ½ years old when I was told I had breast cancer. A mammogram detected my stage 2 cancer. I had a mastectomy, chemo and reconstruction. I took tamoxifen for 5 years.
When I was 9 years past my diagnosis, I got called into the oncologist's office because one of my tumor marker numbers had spiked. I had a pet scan, ct scan and bone scan and was then informed that my cancer had spread to the lining of my lungs. I was told I was not curable but I was treatable. My daughter was 3½ at the time and I was devastated.
My world turned upside down… » Read More
Doris Ann: LIVING with MBC
Each morning when I awaken, I gratefully take center stage in the theater of my life -- celebrating the unique and priceless gift of my existence (or as I like to say, "letting my freak flag fly"). What does that mean? What it means is that I fully embrace who I am -- a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners woman who feels comfortable with just being herself. Apparently, I literally wear this attitude, since I am told my strong life energy doesn't fit the stereotype of someone who is dying of a disease. And, do you know what? -- Whenever I hear any message that attempts to frame my vitality… » Read More
Colleen: Wrestling Alligators
Since the day I was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in February 2007, I have been wrestling alligators. Not literally, of course, but figuratively as I step away from my family and friends to receive difficult treatments and tests, face harsh news and look deep into my soul. I have no formal training wrestling alligators; I've never studied technique. But here I am, fighting matches and celebrating hard won victories.
I was dumbfounded when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. I couldn't believe that at age 44, after lifelong vigilance about… » Read More
Joani: Using Connections to Cope
Hello, my name is Joani and I am a wife, mother, dog lover, mystery reader, vegetarian, skilled listener, board member of MBCN and person with triple negative metastatic breast cancer. I was first diagnosed with stage 2 Er+ breast cancer shortly after I turned 40, eight years ago. Some birthday gift. My children were 6 and 8 and I absolutely had NO time for cancer, but it had time for me. I had a relatively standard course of treatment - mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, chemo and adjuvant therapy. I thought that I was done - after all, wasn't I a SURVIVOR?
Barbara: Stage IV Isn't Stopping Me
In March 2010, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. I had an inverted nipple and orange peel skin as well as the cement-like breast. I went to the nearest NCI comprehensive cancer center where I had a PET scan which determined that the cancer had metastasized to my bones.
I was ER+, PR- and HER2-neu negative, premenopausal, and tested negative for the BRCA genes. My breast tumor was 10 cm in size. In April I was entered into a clinical trial that randomized me to IV chemo to reduce the size of the tumor and caused me to go into menopause.
Initially I received the chemo… » Read More
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