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Barbara’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Barbara's Fight Like a Girl Story (Breast Cancer) Hello Gang!! I am a 36-year-old survivor of stage four breast cancer. I was diagnosed at the age of 32. I quickly learned how to change into warrior mode! I made it and I am still here holding on! Ladies, those of us who have had to fight and survived are all like the PHOENIX rising! We have been empowered with a strength that is beyond measure! I am very proud to say that I faced the big “C” and won!

Barbara
North Carolina
Submitted 2-22-12

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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15 comments

  1. mo

    Barbara, Thank God you won this battle! Good luck in the future!
    mo

  2. alisha

    Wtg! I my self have stage 4 BC. I was diagnosed @ 28, I am 31 now. Your fight gives me hope!

    ~Alisha

  3. traci case

    It’s so hard to know stage 4 so young. So glad you are well & good, fighting the good fight! Stay strong its all we have. I suffer with stage 4 endometrosis, diagnosed at 15 & I’m a cervical cancer survivor!! Ik your pain & glad you fought!! If we don’t stick together, makes it rougher for the next generation.

    Your Friend,
    Traci C.

  4. Petra Hernandez

    I too am battling breast cancer stage 4 at this time, I got diagnosed at age 37, in 2011. I was in remission for six months and just recently I go diagnosed with brain tumors, now I am battling these brain tumors.

  5. Leah Townsend

    I too was diagnosed in Dec 09 with stage 4 breast cancer, I have my ups and downs but its awesome to read your story. We are warriors, we are sisters, we are survivors.

  6. Tiffanie

    Im 27 & was diagnosed with Stage 4 BC in Sept 2012. Keep fighting!!!
    Tiffanie
    NC

  7. Linda Hymel

    God brought me through the battle! With His enpowerment I did come out as a warrior and bet the devil “THE BIG C”!!!! I still feel the same!!!

  8. Andie

    Congrats! You took on the devil: The Big “C” and showed it who was boss. I too was diagnosed in July ’12 with stage 4 BC. It has also made it way into my bones. But it is not going to win I am going to also show the Big “C” that I am a fighter and i will beat it 🙂

    We are all fighters and survivors :))

  9. Nancy

    I was dx Stage 3 with a 5.5 cm tumor and 9+ lymph nodes, and the mammogram didn’t pick it up. My gut said the “cyst” needed to go, and that’s when I found out. 10 later and 2 months after losing my mom, I fouund out I was Stage 4. It came back to a rare place……..of course. It’s preing on my nerves that control my arm, so I nouse of my arm and the nerve pain is bad. This has been going on for a year 1st trearment didn’t work, after the 2 IV cheo of Doxil, I had a bad raction and had to sto, It started out big 9,1 c, abd grew to 11,4 c,. I’m on a new oral chemo, and last MRI showed it was 9.5 cm. I don’t know how much it was shrink, but they don’t think it will kill all the tumor and no way to know if I’ll get use of mt arm back. I pray the tumor shrinks more and the paon eases. I also have lymphadema now, which I didn’t for 10+ years. The paom os so bad at times, it doesn’t seem wirth it. However long I have, I will be no chemo. Side affects are minamal, but it’s doing a number to other parts. I’m now diabetic, bot conyrolled by doet and my triglicerires are 1600 and should be under 150. This isn’t living. I not for the pain, it wouldn’t be as bad, but constabt pain, and taking 2-10mg of percocet ever 4-6 hours and at best it takes the edge off, most of the time it doesn’t touch it.

    • Nancy

      sorry for the typos, I’m still not use to only having one hand that works. Prayers to you all

    • Lisa

      Have you tried methadone for pain?

  10. traci

    Just want to say if any of you are Triple Negative BC girls, go check out http://www.triplenegativebreastcancerfoundation.org and there is a wealth of info and support for fighting this nasty beast!

  11. traci

    Whoops, tnbc.org is the site! Sorry.

    • Ruth

      I found the site under tnbcfoundation.org. Thanks for the info.

  12. LH

    Barbara,
    I have to tell you, I read and re-read your post all of the time as inspiration! I am 31 and in April, I was diagnosed with stage 4 HER2 positive breast cancer. I am currently undergoing 6 months of chemo. Thank you for sharing your story! I will continue to re-read it over and over until I am a warrior once again….

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