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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
Deb: Living the Life I Was Given
In May of 2009, I was experiencing one of the happiest, healthiest time periods of my life. My husband and I were getting used to our children being young adults, and grandchildren were showing up faster than we could ever have imagined. We worked hard, to be able to travel and spend time with our family and friends on the weekends. Life was good.
When I found the small lump in my breast, my life, as I knew it, changed.
Medical tests proved that little lump had already spread cells to my liver and bone. Daily medications, several surgeries, radiation, and… » Read More
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