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Angie’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Angie's Story Breast Cancer 2My journey started in April 2015 at 41 years old with a diagnosis of IDC Breast Cancer Stage IIB, Est +, & BRCA 2 POSITIVE. I had zero symptoms, just a cautious doctor. My grandma, God bless her, fought and beat breast cancer twice. I never realized what she went through. She was so strong and kept it to herself mostly.

First thing my husband did was talk with me and my 14-year-old daughter and assure her that we are a team through this no matter what. On May 26, I had my bilateral mastectomy and spacers put in. Zero lymph nodes were affected. My employer of 5 years boasted support and sent a computer home so that during treatment it would help with absences and only when I felt up to it.

In July, I was released to do light work from home. That’s when my employer informed me it was unacceptable and said some other ugly things. So I returned to my office in August. It was hard, and I couldn’t always be there. At the end of August, due to absences because of treatments, I was given an ultimatum to quit. They’d give me temp work for a few months at a third of the pay, and at the end I could reapply if something was available, or I could continue, and they would fire me. Of course I told them to fire me. I continued to work. They kept up with the ugly emails and treatment. I quit last week. I believe I am better off. The stress of worrying what they would say or do next was hard. They are an employer that boasts family and employee loyalty, and they failed.

I had to start Neulasta halfway through treatments. Today was my last fill on spacers, and tomorrow is my last treatment. I will have reconstruction and a hysterectomy in about three weeks at the same time. Due to the BRCA 2, I worry for my daughter. But she has a wonderful doctor who has started checking her and working on living healthy, not dwelling on it or the negative. My daughter is a brave and strong young lady.

I will say that the best thing out of this all is the prayer and support from my husband and daughter and all my friends and family. I was surprised by the concern and support from them all and am absolutely grateful to them. I pray God blesses them all for all that they have done for me.

Angie
Texas
Submitted 10/26/2015

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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6 comments

  1. WOW Angie I have grown to know you more and more and I am so blessed to be able to say you are a friend that I will cherish forever. You are so strong. You have the best family and group of friends that I have so enjoyed laughing, crying and just being silly with. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you and as far as that company, they have lost an awesome employee and all I have to say to them is “karma is a bitch”.

    Can’t wait to see you, soon I promise.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE

  2. I would have to say WOW also!!!! This chapter in your life has brought us closer in our friendship more than we where before. Vacations, river trips, and family times , and just good fun times, and many more to come… I love you my friend we know where we stand with each other and we both know we have each others back.. and you are a beautiful strong person that I am honored to call you one of my best friends. I am sure your story and your adventure will inspire many people. Fight like a Girl!!! Love it . You are a great mom that will take every precaution to protect Sam.
    As far as your job was concern they did not need deserve someone like you!!! PLEASE DO NOT GET ME STARTED lol.. we have had that conversation…….

    I love you my friend and will be with you forever and beyond forever….

    Love you

  3. you’ve always been the strong one of the family. you take after grandmother so much. Stubborn, bullheaded and fierce. to see you walk through this journey has humbled me, made me more aware of the things that should matter more to me. I am so glad you have friends you can confide in, lean on, laugh with and draw encouragement from. Sam & Jason were & are incredible in surrounding you with their love & determination that you are not alone. I’ve seen your walk with the Lord be strengthened as He brought you through this dark place.
    We need to run the race He has set before us, as if we are winning. You have won this leg of the race- hands down. Keep your foot on the path sister! Remember that God has a specific plan for you. He will never leave or forsake you. He is our strength and salvation. Promises He has made… and He keeps them all. Love you sisher.

  4. Angie,

    You have always been a brave and caring person. You are an inspiration to us all. We love you and your family so very much. We wish you all the best and a speedy recovery.

    Live you so very much!!

  5. Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault

    Hi Angie ,

    First, I am sorry for the ignorance of others who are incapble of being human and who are incapble of giving and/or showing any compassion. I agree with Page Parson* karma is a bitch *!

    Now let’s talk about something much more worth talking about, that would be you, the mother, the wife and the * FIGHTER * !

    Enduring what you are going through and yet being capable of talking and feeling so much love for your pretty daughter and your loving husband ! ♡♡ I wanted to say so much to you, but you seem to be surrounded with peope who shares their strengths, love, prayers with you, it is so heartwarming! It is
    making me so happy!
    I know you must worried like anyone would be, just ★★keep fighting like a girl ★★ and hug your husband for standing by your side loving you and being your strong supporter and caring so much to have taken the time to talk to you and your daughter.

    love your Zest for life Angie!

    With love from Québec, Canada
    Brigitte Estelle xxx

  6. Damn those people at that bank that made it hell on you. I find it very hard to believe that people (management ) could possibly be that nasty and cold toward one of there own employees. I could not be in the same room with myself had I have ever done something like that. Someone who is battling cancer has 100 percent of my support. I speak as a business owner. I do however believe in carma. Treat people as you wish to be treated. Fight fight fight….love you always

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