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Angela’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Angela's Story (Breast Cancer) I am a two time breast cancer survivor.

I was diagnosed at 30 with stage 3 advanced breast cancer.

I had six months of chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, and six weeks of radiation.

I was diagnosed at 41 with stage 1 breast cancer.

I had a double mastectomy and five weeks of radiation.

 

Angela
Submitted 5-20-2013

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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  1. I have No Family History of Cancer, I Do Not Smoke, & I workout.I was Only 30 when I was Diagnosed the First Time – I was told I had a Cyst my 2nd opinion saved my life …Angela Vinho

    • Angela and I have been FB friends for years now – she is a friend of my son’s. Angela, you know my story: I was diagnosed at 60 with DCIS after a routine mammogram, where the hospital had called ME and reminded me it was time for my yearly. I humored them and went and had a mammogram and then an ultrasound that same day. When they called me in a couple days later to discuss the results, I was just playing along with them as I knew deep down there was NO WAY I could have cancer. When I heard the words “You have cancer”, I was in shock. I felt like I was underwater and could not hear the doctor’s voice any more but I could see he was still talking to me and my husband. I was thinking: “Are you talking to ME?” I had no history of cancer of any kind of my family, did not smoke or drink and ate healthy and took vitamins all my life. I underwent a lumpectomy, followed by another lumpectomy, followed by bilateral mastectomies, another surgery (a day later) to stop internal bleeding from the mastectomies, dealt with expanders, and lived through reconstructive surgery to implant new silicone breasts and a make-shift nipple, then tattooed areolas. t was a journey…Angela had told me to be prepared for athelong haul. I stayed positive. I know I am NOT my body. I am NOT defined by cancer. I am a survivor and a strong woman. Long story short…I am doing great and love my body. My new breasts look great NAKED. Stay strong, girls.

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