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Barbara’s Story (Breast Cancer)

I was 36 years old and in the prime of my life. My husband and I were involved in racing in our local tracks and some long distance tracks. One day when I was at the track, doing what I usually do – making sure the car was clean and waxed, my nose began to bleed like crazy!! I was taken to the infield care unit and it bled for over an hour. I was rushed to hospital where a doctor tried to cauterize my nose and it didn’t help. When I came home from our trip I went to see my doctor. She immediately had me go for a full workup. That was my wake-up call.

My blood levels were all over the place, which prompted me to get the full family history from my mom. I found out that we had a long history of breast cancer. I was genetics tested and revealed that I carry the BRCA 1 and BRACA2 genes. That was the first step to the long journey that I am still living. I had a double mastectomy on October 2010, followed by 6 months of chemotherapy.

Today, I am 100 % cancer free and thank God everyday for that. The moral of this story is that cancer has no number; it will come for you and when it does, how you fight is your story. Thank you for reading and God bless you all!!!

Submitted 01/06/2021

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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