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Barbara’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Barbara's Story (Breast Cancer)I was diagnosed when I was 42 years old. I was hesitant to go to the doctor because like so many women I didn’t think it would happen to me. Boy was I wrong!

I was at stage 3 – already in the muscle and lymph nodes. Had a mastectomy on the right side, 8 chemo treatments, 31 radiation treatments and numerous operations. But with every step I kept reminding myself that I had to endure it all to live! I refused to be defined by this disease! I knew that God could and would use me and my experience to bring good to someone, somewhere!

I am a 3 year survivor and doing really well! I am very aware and appreciative of each and every day I am given. I wish I could hold the hands of women after me that face this disease and its treatment and help them through – let them know that they are NOT alone and they CAN fight and WIN!

Barbara
Arkansas
Submitted 10-16-11

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 health care 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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3 comments

  1. Yes you can fight this battle cause i had same as you and i am survivor now i’m very prou and happy,just be positive and good attitude day by day keep going Good Luck from Dina Silva

  2. Rose Ann Martinez

    I’am also 4yr survivor this month!! I also was at stage 3 left mastectomy and my choice to remove my right breast also had several surgies I’ve had reconstruction and did it for me but most of all I did it to prove to other women it’s not the end of the world but a new beginning! Congrats to you my sister!!! God is great and may he continue giving us good health!!!!

  3. Thank you for sharing. I am still at the beginning of this journey. I’ve had a double mastectomy, and am starting chemo this week. Being able to read stories (including the comments) from women who have also done this gives me the strength to know I can do it too. Blessings to you!

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