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Its been 15 years since I was given the news of "It looks like cancer but we'll take a closer look". I recall the shocked look on my children's faces when I sat them down and shared with them. I went to my shower and stood under the water as I firmly told the devil "you will not do this to me.I will live to see my grandchildren and I will fight you all the way." I had been in prayer all the way home after I had spoken with my physician and somehow I just knew that God already made the decision it was going to be ok.I shared with my sunday school class on sunday morning and each person prayed for me individually. The Lord sure had a lot of people knocking on his door. I went through surgery,chemotherapy and radiation. It was not a fun trip but my children and friends held my hands and encouraged me all the way. Thank God for his blessing I am here loving my grandchildren I prayed I would live to see. To my friend newly diagnosed...Stay strong stay positive and believe that it has already been done.
In Nov. of 2011 I went to the Dr, for a lump on my breast. It was contained but covered the whole breast, had to have it removed. Infection set in and 3 months later another lump. 4 months later another lump. Will have this biopsied. Scared to death. I carry on by praying and hoping this one is benign. I thank God for every day I have. I am in a great support group and good family. The chemo and radiation didn't agree with me. I have been in bed for almost 2 years. My will to live is stronger than this awful disease. I will fight till its over, but I think it will be a long fight. I hope everyone gets a mammogram as I waited to long. They are free for low income, please don't go through what I have and still fighting the fight. God Bless you all. Janet
I am a six year breast cancer survivor. I savor that sentence with joy and wonder that I have survived and so many others haven't. Why me? Maybe I'll never know the answer but will just continue to bask in the survivor mode, trying to live my life fully, enjoying each and every moment.
My husband was a continuous source of strength, never condemning me for my whining when I felt sick, never being surprised when supper had not been cooked or clothes had not been washed. He always had a shoulder for me to lean on when the tears came unchecked, at night when I could not sleep, and the "future" thoughts seemed to take over.
My children and grandchildren were always there if I needed anything, even though they had busy lives of their own, and my mother -- who was in her 80's -- was the rock that I leaned on. She took me to almost every treatment and sat with me throughout the entire time. I could see in her face how hard it was to see me looking so sickly because, after all, no parent is supposed to outlive their children and she was afraid of how my story might end.
Friends. There is another entire paragraph. One in particular who always seemed to send me a card at the absolute right time or a little package of goodies to lift my spirits.
And my faith. Without it I could not have endured. I never asked "why me" but I did say "how do I get through this" and the answer was always there before me. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" and He continues to do so daily.
I realized that I am a stronger person than I thought I was, that I am a survivor in all ways, not just a cancer survivor, and that I am ME. And guess what? I actually like ME! Although I hope never to repeat this journey, I know I can do whatever is needed to walk the walk and keep the faith.
Diagnosed on 05.25.2012 stage one, triple negative, BRCA1 carrier, breast cancer lumpectomy, 5 months of poisoning, double mastectomy and final reconstructive surgery exactly 2 weeks ago. Almost one year almost recovered almost back to normal always celebrating!
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I have just started my journey in my fight to beat breast cancer, I was diagnosed about a month ago and in exactly one month I will be having surgery.
My future is uncertain, will I have chemo? Will I lose my hair? Will I be able to go back to work? But the biggest question is, WILL THE CANCER RETURN?
No one can give me the answers, but what I do know, is I am going to fight. I refuse to let this beat me. I am going to live my life to the fullest. I am going to make every moment count. I am not going to sweat the small stuff anymore.
Life is so much more than being stuck in traffic or waiting in a long line up. It is about seeing smiles on your loved one's faces. It is getting hugs and giving them back...seeing a rainbow after the rain has stopped...a cuddle and a headbutt from my cat.
Life is about love...giving and getting it back. Life is about not giving up on your hopes and dreams. I am going to live my life the way I want to, the way I intended on, not the way cancer thinks I should live.
In September, 2012, I had my regular mammagram. My family doctor, Dr. Wadhwa, advised me that it looked like I might have breast cancer. But, he wanted me to go to the Cancer Center to really verify it, as it was quite small. "This doesn't happen to me. They'll find it's in error when I have the other tests." I wound up having 5 biopsies - only 1 was cancer, the others fibrous. My surgery was set up for December and my friend (since 7th grade), Esther, took me to the hospital for the procedure, and picked me up afterwards. In January, the radiologist, Dr. Hovenstine (a funny man), advised that they got it so early that I didn't need radiation or chemo. Then, the Oncologist, Dr. Chan (another funny man), said the same thing and I wouldn't need meds.
I feel like such a phony, as I know of and have heard of so many others who have gone through so much more, for longer times and more pain and I had a walk in the park! But, too, I had so many prayers going out for me and never let depression in the door - just kept joking with everyone and God has been wonderfully good to me for putting everything in his hands. Best of all, I had my sister giving me such wonderful support (she's been cancer-free 9 years, as of 15 October. She used to call me and DEMAND that I make sure to have mammagrams every year.). Our generation is the first generation to have cancer.
So, I tell others, put your life in God's hands, don't let depression in, pray and please, don't hesitate to ask for prayers from others. With God's love and in your life, anything is possible.
P.S, I'm doing Relay for Life in my city this year. Getting involved is important.
Recurrance of breast cancer in year 2011 has thought me to be kind to others and grap all the opportunity that come in my life and create new opportunity. A year after, I registered myself to enroll in MBA degree program. I want to acquire more knowledge to improve my career as well as my personal life. I am expected to complete my MBA end of 2014 and I am planning continue to the Doctorate degree. I believed that life shouldn't be wasted just because you have cancer.
I want to enjoy every minute of my life with love and happiness. My husband and my child are my priority. The reason that God gave me cancer is to appreciate the life.
I love and appreciate myself more than before. Being positive in life and live to the fullest ...
My story title is the title that is on one of today's posts by The Breast Cancer Site. I get these wonderful and uplifting pieces on my personal Facebook page. I also have a Facebook page devoted to The Sparkle Caps Project. We can also now be found on the web at SparkleCapsProject.com.
Cancer didn't take anything from me! It gave me purpose! I am a three-year breast cancer survivor. While I was in treatment for breast cancer in the summer / fall of 2010, I was looking for a way to help other women traveling the difficult, sometimes seemingly impossible, cancer road. I prayed about it, and the answer to my prayer was "Listen." Two weeks later, while traveling the hallway at my treating facility, two women passed by me and one commented on my beautiful yellow sparkle cap, "Now I can wear cute hats like hers." Obviously, she was getting ready to start chemotherapy. Right then, I wished I had a cap to give her. The light turned on, and my prayer was answered. The seed for this project was planted.
Within weeks, I had started The Sparkle Caps Project. We give out sponsored gift bags to women in treatment for any type of cancer. We started out with a cap and a letter in 2010. In 2011, our monthly average was 8 gift bags; in 2012, it was 15. We are now giving out over 30 power-packed gift bags a month, as we uplift, empower, support, love and pray for our sisters.
No one wants breast cancer. No one wants cancer of any type. But I had breast cancer, so what was I going to do with it. I beat it to the ground and kicked it to the moon. I took lemons and decided not to make lemonade. I decided to make champagne. To be a winner is to do more than survive. It is to pay it forward to those coming behind us, extending the hand of compassion!
Am 26 years old I fund a lil bump on my breast couple months ago and after a mammogram an a mri the doc tell me the I have breast cancer am on kimioterapia pill sense then yesterday 4/5/2013 I had my surgery I was nervous but I know the god will be my best doctor I have my husband and cousins for support and am happy am a winner I will like to tell all this ladies to don't be afraid cancer is seriously but we have to fight for our life first then everything.
In 2005 I had shunts placed in my brain to relieve the pressure causing severe headachesI developed deadly pseudomonis of the brain. Menigitis. I was in the hospital 31 days with high fever and nearly died . after a three month recovery. I decided to go to work as a RN at that hospital . The next fall I had my mamagram and It showed some suspecious spots. I asked the radiologist what he thought it was and he said ductal carcinoma. After biopsies and they did return this diagnosis. I saw an oncologist, surgeon and plastic surgeon. all in one day. A month later I was in surgery having a double mastectomy and tissue expanders inserted for the reconstruction. You see I did not want to worry about it coming back to my left breast. It was in the right. It is a good thing I had the left one removed because I had Pagets disease in the nipple of the left one. This is a precancerous lesion . I had chemo Taxol and Herceptin. They did heart scans and the herceptin had caused my ejection fraction. pumping action to decrease 20 points. from 80 to 60. I had to get off the Herceptin. Chemo had not been easy. I got the chemo fog and had to give up my career as a nurse. This was deviastating. to have been a Rn for 35 years and then nothing. It literally broke my heart. I became depressed and cried all the time . My doctor sent me to a neuropshchologist. and he verified I was disabled through testing. I had lost my math skills. and could not even remember my computer codes. I found a support group called YOU Me and the Big C and it changed my life. I volunteer at the hospital and we are too busy living to worry about dying. It has been 7 years and I started making jewelry. no one can take this away from me. life goes on and i have met so many wonderful people. thanks .Christy Wall Smith RN