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Jen: "Learning to Live Legendary"
"I can't have breast cancer, I don't even have a cavity!" was my initial thought. Not that they go together, of course, but I was 30 years young, nursing my 8 month old baby when I found the lump.
After the diagnosis settled in, I was determined to get through the year. My "to-do list" included a lumpectomy, 6 months of chemo, and 7 weeks of daily radiation. I thought then breast cancer would be behind me. Just 3 months after radiation, a scan showed a recurrence in the breast. Another scan showed several lesions in my bones.
I was 31 and… » Read More
Caryn: We Do What We Do
Caryn, one of our new volunteers, is not trying to be a superwoman. She's just living her life the best way she can, coping with her metastatic diagnosis and moving forward. In her own words....
I have been battling this disease for a long time. It has been so long that I seem to have lost track of time! My oncologist and I went back through my files, which by now you need real muscles to pick up, because I was rather curious to see exactly when I was first diagnosed. I was initially diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer almost 15 years ago, at the age of 38. I had… » Read More
Gail: Moving Forward with Hope
I went to see my doctor in early August 2011, because my right arm and right side of my chest suddenly felt numb and stiff. I had just switched to a new NSAID for arthritis and thought that the stiffness might be a side effect. I learned from my doctor that the feelings were actually due to enlarged lymph nodes. Subsequent biopsies of the nodes showed that I had breast cancer.
My initial reactions to receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer were shock and panic. I felt stupid. I wondered how I could have breast cancer: after all, no one in my family had ever had it. I thought I had done… » Read More
Sarah - "Fighting Every Day for a Tomorrow"
I was diagnosed with stage IIB breast cancer at the age of 26. This occurred in the summer of 2007, while we were getting ready to celebrate my son's 2nd birthday. The diagnosis was tough but I felt I could deal with anything. My older brother was diagnosed with acute leukemia six months prior and I thought that if he could fight cancer then so could I. I underwent chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomies, radiation and reconstructive surgery. It was not an easy time, but once this process was over, I started feeling like I was "normal" and I resumed my college education.
In the… » Read More
Dana: "Live Well, Laugh Freely"
I started my breast cancer journey on February 13, 2002 when I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 31. On that day, my life forever changed. I originally found the lump in my breast over a year earlier. An ultrasound confirmed that I did have a solid lump in my breast. However, because of my age, no family history and the fact that African-American women have higher cases of fibroadenomas (a benign breast lump) - the lump went misdiagnosed. At that time, I was in a failing marriage with two young boys at home, ages 2 and 10.
My stepfather, a prostate… » Read More
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