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Charlotte’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Charlotte's Story Breast CancerOn 4/26/2016, I went in for my first ever mammogram. No family history and no reason other than my doctor said it was time to start getting them. On 5/2, they called me back for a second image. On 5/3, I had the second image and was immediately pulled into a room with the doctor and radiologist, who proceeded to tell me they had found suspicious microcalcifications and I needed to have a biopsy.

On 5/9, they biopsied the area in my left breast, and on 5/11, two days before my 41st birthday, the doctor called to tell me I had ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). On 6/10, I underwent a lumpectomy to remove the cancer.

A week later, I am healing up from the surgery and am scheduled for my post-op and radiation planning session at the end of the month. This has been a hard year. The first day of spring break, while playing volleyball with my 13-year-old daughter, I sustained a grade 2 sprain of the LCL and MCL in my left knee. I lost my dad the night before Easter Sunday, and two days before my birthday, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sometimes, I wonder why I am going through all of this. It hurts, and it’s painful on so many levels. But I believe that there is purpose in all things. I have an amazingly supportive husband, who has fought for my best interests every step of the way. I have family members and friends who have held me up in prayer, brought meals, watched my kids and listened to me. Above all, I know that I am blessed to live this life. My prognosis is very good, and I have an amazing medical team. I want to do the best with my time, to tell those I love how I feel, to show them and not wait. My hope is that I will be better and help others become better. Cancer is scary, but we can empower ourselves by taking control of our health. Get your mammos, ladies, and fight like a girl!

Submitted 06/16/2016

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. Brigitte Estelle

    Dear Charlotte,
    You have cancer “it “does not have you!
    You seem to have an abundance of love from family, friends and great medical team ! You have a gift for writing , keep writing to others we positively need you to spread the word for breast examination!


    Hugs and kisses from Canada!
    Brigitte xx

    • Brigitte Estelle

      Oops! Sorry Charlotte hehe I meant KEEP FIGHTING LIKE A GIRL !♡♥♡♥
      NOT Gil ! Haha
      Brigitte xx

  2. Teresa

    I start radiation today and feel for you. It never seems like just one thing can happen but all at once. On the plus side after my 33 treatments I can begin the healing process and you will be there soon too. We have got this girl! We know how to fight like a girl! xoxo

  3. Tammy Powell

    Hello Charlotte out stories sound so similar my diagnosis went down the same way exactly I found out 4 days before my birthday which was June 6th and on June 9th I was having surgery for a lumpsectomie and remove lymph nodes I will begin radiation about mid July. I had just finished up in late March treatments with my dad due to bladder cancer and in the midst of all my diagnosis I lost my job on June 14th due to closer and moving out of country, so trust me I know what it feels like to feel everything happening at once, we don’t know the reason but god had a plan, so yes we will fight like a girl and get through this I wish u well. Tammy

  4. Donna

    Our dates are so close 5/3 was my official diagnosis date. 6/10 double mastectomy.

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