I was diagnosed when I was 42 years old. I was hesitant to go to the doctor because like so many women I didn’t think it would happen to me. Boy was I wrong!
I was at stage 3 – already in the muscle and lymph nodes. Had a mastectomy on the right side, 8 chemo treatments, 31 radiation treatments and numerous operations. But with every step I kept reminding myself that I had to endure it all to live! I refused to be defined by this disease! I knew that God could and would use me and my experience to bring good to someone, somewhere!
I am a 3 year survivor and doing really well! I am very aware and appreciative of each and every day I am given. I wish I could hold the hands of women after me that face this disease and its treatment and help them through – let them know that they are NOT alone and they CAN fight and WIN!
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