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Amy’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Amy's Story (Breast Cancer) LRIn 2008, at 25 years old, I noticed a lump in my right breast. I had an ultrasound that showed only swollen tissue. Because I was so young I was sent home with antibiotics for mastitis (an infection of the breast).

After I completed the medication, the lump was still there so I returned to my doctor. It wasn’t until I had an MRI done that I was diagnosed with stage III HER2 positive breast cancer at 25 years old. I immediately began chemotherapy which made me lose all my hair. I bought a wig and continued working as a psychiatric nurse in a hospital. After 6 months I had a bilateral mastectomy and as soon as the incisions healed I began 6 weeks of radiation. After all of that I had to remain on a medication called Herceptin for a year to prevent recurrence.

It took me a long time to stop feeling like a patient and start feeling like a survivor. I enrolled in college to obtain a bachelors in nursing and was working full time again. However, it was very short-lived. About 6 months after completing Herceptin therapy, I noticed a lump by the scar on the right side of my chest. They performed a biopsy and a PET scan to see if it was cancerous. The biopsy of that area was negative for cancer, but the PET scan showed the cancer had returned and was now metastatic. It was in my lungs and lymph nodes all over my body.

I approached treatment this time with a fighter’s attitude. I found a wonderful oncologist who told me that while my cancer was incurable, his goal was to keep me alive. Since recurrence in early 2010 I completed my bachelors degree while undergoing continuous chemotherapy and working. There are constant ups and downs…one chemo doesn’t work forever. I received four standard chemo regimens and am now on my second clinical trial.

As long as there is chemotherapy available and clinical trials on the horizon I will continue to fight. I am a 28 year old married mother of 3 children, I am not giving up. I don’t call my cancer terminal—I call it chronic. And I will continue to fight like a girl!

Submitted 9-23-11

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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  1. sue stewart

    Amy you fight fight with all you have got and if and when you get tired we will be here cheering you on . Be strong Be safe and know we will be cheering you on You Go Girl !!!

  2. Jennifer Fiamengo-Negrón

    I’m a married mother to five and I can’t imagine being in your shoes. You will forever be in my prayers, not with a sad or pitiful tone to them but in awe of your amazing character and angelic strength. May God always hold you tightly, because you are a true gem that anyone is blessed to know.

  3. Janet Mozolewski

    Amy you are an inspiration to everyone! Don’t ever give up hope keep up the good fight with all your might with a smile on your face and that winning attitude! You will be in my prayers!

    On another note, I was on a trial study of Herceptin before it was approved. Without it I might not be alive today! This year I will be a 10 year breast cancer survivor. There is HOPE out there for all of us. Keep the faith.

    Also, I started volunteering with HATS FOR HAPPINESS we collect Hats and send them to cancer patients please let me know if you would like one you can e-mail me @ please put Hats for Happiness in the title so I know it’s not junk e-mail or spam. More information @ this link:

    {{BIG Pink Hugs}}

  4. Pam Evans

    You go girl don’t give up and keep a positive attitude and you are in my prayers I had her2 inflammatory breast cancer in 2005 I used herceptin also! so far I’m 7yrs out. My saying was I didn’t have breast cancer it had me and I said you are not going to win you old devil because I have God on my side.
    But I hate the side effects from all the cemo and radiation .

    • Rita

      Hi – I also was diagnosed with the exact same cancer – 16 months now. I am almost done herceptin. If you can be a 7 year survivor so can I!!!!!!

  5. Donna

    God bless you!! I have just finished 6 months of chemo for 2 tumors in my right breast, one is triple negative and the other is estrogen positive. It did spread to my lymph nodes, but I am considered Stage 2. I will have bilateral mastectomies on April 3. I won’t find out if I need radiation until after surgery. I am TERRIFIED of recurrence because of how I felt during chemo. I don’t feel like I’m fighting like a girl because I do have this fear. I can so relate to feeling like a patient vs. a person free to make plans. I am sorry for your diagnosis, but you do have a great attitude. I admire your courage. You have a beautiful family.

  6. Rose Ann Martinez

    My prayers to you & your family. I’m also a stage 3 breast cancer survivor please continue your faith and strength and never ever give up!!! Keep a positive attitude and kick this cancer in the butt!!!! It will be 4 years this May for me if a lot of us did it so can YOU!!

  7. Jay

    love you amy

  8. Tim Knox

    God bless you darlin. Praying that “Gods Will” be accomplished in you.

  9. Stephanie Roberts

    I love you girl, keep up the fight 🙂

  10. Kristie Miller

    Amy, you & your family have been in my prayers for a while now, I am a friend of Tammy’s & I love her & she loves you & has been promoting for prayers for you & it is my pleasure to help lift you up in Gods name. It sounds like you are on the right track & many survivors have left you words of encouragement just keep the faith gurlio, God’s got your back. xoxo

  11. Melissa

    I love you Amy and you will be missed……. my friend always and forever.



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