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Sandra: A Mother's Story
I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer with bone metastasis in January 2011. At that time, I was a working mom of two small children (14 months and 4 years old) struggling to get tenure at my university. I was recently asked to comment on how cancer has affected me as a mother.
I am sure that I have gone through many of the same stages that anyone diagnosed with cancer has, including denial, anger, grief, acceptance, etc. I really can't say if my response to those stages is any different than every other woman diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. I do know that… » Read More
Barb: Learning and Living
Metastatic breast cancer? I had never heard the term before my diagnosis in 2011. The first diagnosis I received seemed to suggest an early stage breast cancer. I quickly came to terms with having breast cancer (bc) and I believed the common misconception that I would have a mastectomy and all would be good. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
Less than a month later a scan would show that the cancer had spread to my liver and that there were multiple lesions. That is when I quickly learned what the word metastatic meant. I learned a LOT in a hurry.
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
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