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Andrea: My Support Network is a Blessing
My name is Andrea and I am 37 years old. After I noticed significant breast pain, I had a mammogram and biopsy, and I was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, that metastasized to lymph nodes, in late February 2014.
My doctor recommended a double mastectomy but then a PET scan revealed metastasis to my vertebrae, belly, sternum, and clavicle, as well as additional lymph nodes. Rather than surgery, I began chemotherapy in April. I have a significant family history and found to be a BRCA1+ carrier.
AN EXTENSIVE SUPPORT NETWORK
Since I do not live close… » Read More
Susan: Embracing Life
We all have something challenging that we need to embrace and to live with. My challenge started 12 years ago when I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. I was a married mother of a daughter in 5th grade. After a double mastectomy, chemo, reconstruction and some counseling, my husband, daughter and I felt like we were well on our way back to our normal life. I felt like my biggest prayer was answered. I prayed that I could raise my daughter. I feel like answered prayers are the beauty God shows us. I am now 53, and my daughter has graduated college and has gotten married.
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Yvonne: Thrilled to be Living
In 1995 after losing my two young daughters in a 27-month custody battle in Family Court, I discovered a small lump in my left breast. It was investigated and found to be benign and I was told to keep an eye on it. I did, faithfully having it checked yearly.
In 2005, after many years of stress making sure I got my fair share of contact with my children and after having just gotten engaged to the man I'd been with for 5 years, I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. I gave my new partner the option to break off our engagement. He didn't.
Pam: A 9 year journey, not a battle
I am 69 years old, retired, and have been living with metastatic breast cancer for over 9 years! I've had bad moments, gained some weight, been tired and cranky at times, but I am alive and able to do a lot of the things that have always given me joy.
I walk our two dachshunds every day and marvel at how their compact little bodies move so efficiently! I garden. This spring I planted hollyhocks and they have grown taller than I am and bloomed in wonderful shades of fuchsia and pink and remind me of the flowers of my childhood. I still bake and cook and enjoy meals. I still… » Read More
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
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