We will fill October with hope and healing stories from those who survived the storm of Breast Cancer. Today we read a story from Lisa. Thank you for sharing your story.
In 1994, I was 28 years old and diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. My initial treatment consisted of lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. I decided not to pursue follow-up treatment with hormonal therapy because at that time, there was not enough research showing the effectiveness of hormonal therapy in young women.
In 1999, I started to feel sluggish on the treadmill and had a cough. I asked my primary care physician if I should change my diet. Although she knew my medical history, she told me not to worry. I probably had asthma and getting tired is part of the aging process, after all I was 33 years old. It never occurred to either of us that my cancer could have come back. My initial breast tumor was small, I had opted for aggressive treatment and all of my yearly mammograms were clear. Also, my doctor told me that statistically I had more than a 90 percent chance of being cured. I had completely purged the breast cancer experience from my mind after five years of good health.
The metastatic cancer diagnosis came as a complete surprise. The treatment initially consisted of a year and a half chemotherapy, which eliminated all of the cancer in my right lung. However, I needed lung surgery to remove the remaining cancer in my lower left lung. After the surgery to remove my lower left lobe, I learned that the spot was an infection, not cancer. I was relatively healthy for over six years and alternated between a NED (No Evidence of Disease) status and having some small tumors in my right lung. During this time, I was treated with hormonal therapy.
You can write your story and feel free to include at picture to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me between 10 and 3 weekdays and I can record your testimony to be included during Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 313-298-1027. ~Randi
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.To find out more on screening, treatments and how you can support the efforts to eradicate breast cancer click the picture.
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