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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!

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

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


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

  7. 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. 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. 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.

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

  11. Whoops, is the site! Sorry.

  12. 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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