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Ally’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Ally's Story (Breast Cancer) On May 4, 2012, a little over a year ago, at the young age of 23, I was diagnosed with stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma, a very aggressive breast cancer. Also, I had cancer in my lymph nodes, eight of eight were positive. Cancer has forever changed my life. I’ve had numerous surgeries, including a bilateral mastectomy, numerous reconstruction surgeries, fertility treatments, a year of chemotherapy treatments, 28 radiation treatments, and I have ONE herceptin chemo treatment left!

I look forward to being in remission and cancer FREE!!! God, my boyfriend, my family, and my friends have been my rock. Without them I don’t think I could have made it this far. I count my blessings and thank the Lord everyday. No matter what I’m going through, how much pain I’m in, or how sick I am, I know that there is someone out there in a worse situation. Whatever it is I am going through, I know I can overcome it! Having a positive attitude has helped me tremendously throughout my journey.

Ally
Illinois
Submitted 5-21-2013

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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One comment

  1. Jennifer Mitchell

    Wow, it’s like I’m looking into the future but encouraged by your story and beautiful outlook! I’m just beginning the same journey at 42 w/husband and 6 year old son. I had my Mammo., Ultrasound, and Biopsy on July 5, 2013 and it was confirmed that I also have invasive ductal carsinoma and I’m HER2 positive. I had a breast MRI and didn’t show anything in the nodes but won’t be positive till surgery. I’m going for the bloodwork for genetic testing tomorrow so I’m hoping this will help in my decision to have lumpectomy or double mastectomy. My oncologist has only talked about herceptin treatment but meeting with the oncologist tomorrow to get more details on my treatment plan…I hope. I didn’t know if you would be interested to help me understand what to really expect…what chemo. you had, medications, etc. that were used? I’m a very optimistic person but also like to know exactly the “real deal” of this experience not the general expectations. Any honest feelings or guidance would be extremely appreciated….things to ask my doctors, etc….just seems like I don’t know where to start or what questions to ask. Thanks so much!!! Jennifer (Indiana) From one fighting girl to another…I’ll be praying for your quick recovery and cancer free celebration!

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