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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
Cheryl: A Prayer of Thanksgiving
Two moves in two years! In 2000, we moved across country from Comox, British Columbia to Sarnia, Ontario, and then in 2001 to Burlington, Ontario all for my husband's work. Here I was at age 44 in a new city, with a new home, new schools for the teen-aged children and a new job. I was hired for a Kindergarten position by a school board with the policy that one must have a physical upon employment. The doctor found a lump on my left breast. Following a mammogram and ultrasound I saw a surgeon, expecting a biopsy, and was shocked to be informed that the imaging was enough for her to diagnose… » Read More
Lynn: "I'm a positive person at heart"
It was the morning of 9/11. The Twin Towers were on fire and I was in my doctor’s office having just been diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. There I was, watching the disaster unfold on TV while having to accept breast cancer. I had just turned 45 and the world was falling apart.
Due to complications in finding the tumor in my breast, what was supposed to be a lumpectomy quickly turned into a bilateral mastectomy. After a few years of hormonal therapy on tamoxifen and a change of diet to organic and healthier eating,… » Read More
Janis: "Mommy, will you still have cancer on my birthday?"
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 49 and at the time I was in my early 20's. I remember telling her it was one of the 'better' cancers to get. How naive I was at the time. I never understood her fear and as far as I knew BC was curable.
I was diligent about monthly self-breast exams and even had my first mammogram at age 35. I knew getting BC was a possibility, but not in my 30's? I was officially diagnosed right after turning 40. I was shocked when my pathology report came back that I was a stage IIIC just a breath away from Stage IV.… » Read More
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