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In Feb.2008 I was told that I had Colon Cancer. When they did the biopsy they also found that I had Ovarian Cancer and spot on my liver so thought at first that it was two different cancers.I did Chemo and Radiation. I had my surgery in Sept.2008. Then when I went back to my doctor that is when he told me that it wasn't two different cancers but one that had spread. When they did my surgery they had gotten it all. But had taken its toll on me I couldn't eat very much at a time. Before I got sick I weighed 150 pounds and after everything my weight went down to 85 to 95 pounds. Then in May 20010 they did another PET scan I was told that my cancer was back and that there wasn't much that they could do for me my doctor thought that Chemo at that time would do more harm than good. He then told me that I had about 6 months to live. My family and friends wanted me to get a second opinion at first I wouldn't so I was going through making my arrangements so that my husband and family wouldn't have to when the time came. I finally gave in and got a second opinion in Aug.2010 the other doctor gave me something to make me eat and referred me too another oncologist he set me up for another PET scan. I was so scared when we went to get the test results because I all ready knew that my cancer was back. So when he told that there wan't anything there I guess it went over my head because I said when can I start Chemo. He said that you don't understand there is nothing there you don't need Chemo. THANK YOU LORD. As of today my weight is staying around 132 pounds but I am cancer free. So please don't give up hope and do get a second opinion. Thank you family and friends for your Love, support and prayers.
my sister and i were diagnosed two weeks apart with breast cancer, i was diagnosed first and told my sister what was happening then she says she had found a lump and decided to have it checked out she was a stage 3 i was a stage 2 we both had a bilateral mastectomy and were tested for the cancer gean we both have the brc2 and my daughter has it and one of her daughters have it. We supported each other during surgery chemo and the loss of our hair, i hate that we had cancer but am glad that we fought it together. love you sis
My journey started in May, 2008. Whenever I bent over I felt pressure in my right breast. I made an appt to see my Dr. which would be in two weeks. Before I could get to the appt a huge lump developed. I called the Dr. to tell her and she made me come in immediately. I had the mammogram, ultrasound & biopsy all done and the appt with the surgeon before my original appt. In July of 2008 I had a lumpectomy and my lymphnodes removed. Then when I healed, I started chemo & then radiation. Just as I thought I was getting my strength back and things were returning to normal, (including my hair) the Dr. found cancer cells in my colon and I had to have another operation. They removed a foot of my intestine and stapled me back together. No chemo or radiaton this time, thankfully, but a belly full of staples that took longer to heal. What kept me strong was my teenage daughter. I kept thinking that there was only me to look after her so I couldn't let cancer win. I kept up the pretense of normalcy so she wouldn't know how scared I was. We have lost so many people in my family to this awful disease - I wasn't letting it get the better of me. Now I have been three years cancer free. I rescued a dog and my daughter is now 20, and life is wonderful. Never give up and always stay positive. Keep the ones you love close and ignore everything negative, including people. Love for my family kept me going and I believe, a positive attitude. I still get mammograms every year and the one for the right breast is very painful but it's better than the alternative. I keep thinking the Tamoxofin will kill me before cancer does as it affects my joints quite painfully but I'm almost at my five year limit and will be able to stop taking them soon. (Hopefully). Stay strong and positive - that's my best advice.
I was diagonosised in February and have been afraid but thanks to my aunt and my cousin and my family I have understood what has happened and what to expect I just hope that everybody who is going through treatment has a wonderful support system I pray everyday for all breast cancer survivors and thank god for all the blessings
I was in what I thought was the prime of my life. I ran a very busy household, worked full time, and went to the gym three times a week. One morning while in the shower doing my monthly breast exam I felt a lump. I went to work and on my lunch hour I told myself If I can get a same day appointment I would get it checked out. I called my Dr. and got in same day. They did ultrasound and I had to wait five days for results. I went back and was told " BREAST CANCER". At that time I told my family and stayed positive. I had a lumpectomy, six chemos and three months of radiation. At my surgeons request I had the BRCA test done and it came back positive. At that time my sis was diagnosed with the same exact breast cancer. It felt good to be there for her. She also had BRCA test done a d it came back positive. I learned alot about myself during this time in my life. My hearing and vision have both diminished and the fatigue after four years is still horrific. I ha e had a hysterectomy, but still need total bilateral mastectomies but cannot afford it. I am sharing my story in hopes the BCS will help me with the expenses. My dads side of the family all have had cancer. The women ALL had breast cancer. I am scared! I want to live!
This week I am grateful yet again that I am Canadian where one does not have to do without food or shoes in order to have a life saving procedure done.(I bought new ones that I needed yesterday - on sale) On Thursday my doctor did an exam and found some abnormalities. I go on Wednesday for a mammogram that is covered under all Canadian Health Care services.I don't think there is a need to go into how scared I am. A few years ago I had a hysterectomy due to pre-cancerous cells. I have tried to find a story that tells me if one can strike a match for the other to explode but it is too confusing and I am too confused.
I just had a mammogram about 6 months ago as part of my cycle of trying to become more healthy. Nothing showed at that time. Perhaps it will be the same again but something is causing the tenderness. I try to keep busy and stay positive and all the things one does. I went to church today but did not feel that God was listening. Ah well. if he was watching he would have seen me there; even singing some of the hymns.
I agreed with what Angelina Jolie did although the press saw it as a hoax (Fidiots). Now as I sit and wait for my own results I understand even more why she did what she did. Prevention is easier than curing. Each minute is an hour, each hour a day. However, others have made it through. Surely I will too. I don't even know if there is anything there. But it seems as if there is something about the Big C everywhere I turn these days. I have gotten through worse. I can get through this.
My experience with cancer started back in 1971 when my grandmother found out she had cancer. I was ten at the time and did not really know what was going on. She had both of her breast removed. I remember my mom changing her bandages and going with her to get her new bra and the fake breast to go in it. From what I remember the bra and inserts were heavy. But my grandmom wore it just about the whole time she was awake. She had a good life and the cancer did not come back till about 1974. She was in and out of the hospital and in a nursing home till she died. I loved that lady. Her fight ended on her birthday Friday, August 31st, 1976.
In October 1977 my mom went into the hospital. That was on a Tuesday. On Friday of the same week I when I went in to see her I did not see her but I saw my grandmother, she looked that bad. I went back to school to pick up friends that I would give rides to and headed back to the hospital but I did not go back in to see my mom. It will be a act that I will regret for the rest of my life but I was a 16 year old. I did not know at the time that I would never be able to see her alive or talk to her again. She died on Friday October 20th, 1977. We didn't know she's had cancer till after she died.
In May of 2008 I found out I had a mass in my left breast. On July 11th, of that same year they took part of my left breast. That September I started radiation therapy. It has been 5 years since I found out about the cancer I was lucky and I thank God that they caught it early. My mom hated doctors and did no see one till it was too late. My advice to women & men is to get checkout regularly.
When my mom call me and told me she got brestcanser I was totaly chocked.. Why my mom??? All my sisters and I had to take the mamogram.. Tree sisters.. We was all free.. My mom had an operation and they Took one of her brest away.. She couldent get cemotherapi because she also have astma and the doctor told us she need to use an other medisin.. Well almost one year later they have to take the other brest too.. My mom was brave, she always smiling and she was very positiv to all. Even when she lost all her hair.. She still smile.. But one day she told us she had a bad bad headake, she go to the hospital and they find out she have to be there for a while.. But the canser moved. to every part in her body and it ends in her brain :( she died after 2month after she got to the hospital last time.. We was with her all the time and i really miss my mom.. In the church we all take farewell with her.. My brother play a trompet and i sing "Amazing Grace" for her.. That was her favorite song and the last thing we could do for her.(i sing this song in the hospital also for her before she died) love you Mom.. Forever!!
Now i have take a tattoo,, the butterfly i found her in this site for memory to my mom
Hi! 2 years ago after waiting to long I went and had a mammogram. I was stage 4, Dr. said I had a chance. Had the operation and than chemo, never got sick from Chemo took Emmend that the manufacturer supplied. Was in remission 1 month when I got another tumor on my neck. Went through radiation for the 2nd time. Was so tired could hardly get up. After 30 treatments they could find no cancer in my Pet Scan, turns out its in my skin, no place else. A few weeks later noticed another lump on my neck. Went to Dr. it was magliment. Went back to radiation for 30 more treatments, tumor went down. Its only been a week since the end of my last radiation hope that's it. Will no in 2 weeks if I need Chemo. My faith, friends, and family have kept me going. I have had days were I just prayed God take me I have had enough. I know this is not his plan yet, just want to watch my beautiful grandchildren grow up more and not be so tired all the time. It hasn't been easy as everyone knows but faith is what gets me through. I am in a wonderful support group, they help me so much. Don't know what the future holds but I am taking one day at a time and trying to enjoy every minute. Hope for some good news in 2 weeks. Thank you for your time. God Bless Janet
I noticed the lump just below my collar bone sometime in the summer, 2010. I didn't really think much about it because I'd had those types of lumps before. My doctor called them fatty tumors and he had already removed 2 in the last 10 years. But by December, it had gotten larger.
During this time our family was anticipating our son leaving for a 1 year tour of duty in Afghanistan with the US Army Reserves. I remember commenting to a friend that I was going to need a hobby to keep my mind off of what he was going through overseas during the year. He was deploying on January 28, 2011.
When I finally made my appointment with my family doctor, it was early January, 2011. He felt the lump and decided that since I was due for my mammogram, that he would just send me to the hospital for that and an ultrasound. During the ultrasound, which was done after the mammogram, the radiologist came into the room and told me that the lump was more than just a fatty tumor and I should consult a surgeon about a biopsy.
During my consultation with the surgeon, we decided that a lumpectomy was warranted and the procedure was done on January 13, 2011.
On January 21, when the doctor came into the room with my results, I was a bit nervous but really not expecting to hear what he had to say. My husband sat in the corner with his head down and I just stared at the doctor in disbelief. Breast Cancer...I have breast cancer?
The doctor assured me that the entire tumor was gone and I was technically cancer free BUT I needed to see an oncologist for follow up treatment.
So began my 9 month "hobby". Today I am 2 years cancer free.