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Christine’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Christine's Breast Cancer Story LRI was 33 years old when I was diagnosed. It wasn’t even that I found a lump, per say, but I kept having this “full” feeling in my left breast like after I had my kids and my milk was coming in.  It was a very strange feeling. This went on for several months and I just kept thinking it would go away on its own. Finally one day I decided to ask my husband’s opinion and we decided I should to the OB doctor who, in turn, sent me for a mammogram. I almost didn’t even go have the mammogram because I didn’t want to have to pay my deductible but something deep inside said that this had to be done. The first mammogram showed a mass, but my OB doctor wanted me to go see a breast specialist and have the mammogram repeated which they did along with a biopsy. You know it’s bad when they say “I will be really surprised if this not cancer”.  Then on March 13 (a Friday none the less) 2009 I got the dreaded call – Stage III breast cancer.

I went through 4 months of chemo followed by a double mastectomy, because all be damned if this was coming back in the right breast, followed by 2 months of radiation every day! I have since had a (B) tram flap reconstruction and have been given a clean bill of health!!!!

But what a whirlwind these last 2 years have been – so many surgeries and doctors appointments. Through the whole thing I could not have asked for any better friends, family, even strangers, and most of all my kids and husband, everyone was so caring. My only downfall was that I don’t like people waiting on me, therefore, it was very hard to take it easy and let people wait on me – that is just not my style.

I tell everyone I know that you may think those self breast exams are silly but if I had let mine go much further it may have been too late. I knew I was going to beat this thing so before I started chemo I went and got a pink ribbon tattoo that had “Survivor” on it because I knew I was not going to let this bring me down. I knew I would fight like a girl and beat this thing!!!

Submitted 10-1-11

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 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. Angela Shepherd

    I myself am a recent survivor. Stage 2b squamous type which I have recently learned is a rare form of breast cancer that only 1% of breast cancer patients get. I start my chemo on the 16 th of April every 2 weeks for 5 months followed by 2 months of radiation as well. I agree completely. DON’T WAIT! Mine was fast growing and EXTREMELY aggressive. I was lucky to only lose a breast. Keep fighting and giving hope to others ! Thank you for inspiring me 🙂

  2. helena hoyt

    I found out over 2 1/2 yrs ago at the age of 40 that i had her2 + breast cancer and it was stage 4.. i had 6 months of cemo 17 months herceptine,46 rounds radiation,bi mast, and finally just had a tramp flap..and through all i never gave up hope stood strong and kept the faith..in june i will be 2 yrs cancer free..i had no choice but to fight like a girl 🙂

  3. Carmen Woods

    My journey began for me on June 9th,2009. I received my call from my doctor around 9:40 am saying the mass seen in a ct scan was cancer. I went through 5 months of chemotherapy and one month of radiation and today I am truly blessed to be cancer free. I thank God for the love support from family and friends and encourage all women to have regular check ups. Have a wonderful and blessed year and if anyone reading this lives in Indianapolis, join us in the Susan B Comen breast cancer walk on April 21st.

  4. Carmen Woods

    My earlier post I said the wrong name for the walk, its the Susan G Komen walk for breast cancer on April 21st in Indianapolis , Indiana

  5. Lori

    The day after Easter 2007 I got the call that I had Her2 pos. breast cancer. Did it all, chemo, surgery, radiation, and finished up Herceptin in Sept of 2008. Kept working through it all. Had to Fight Like A Girl because the kids had to know how strong I was!!! Here we are in 2012, and the day after Easter, I started chemo again. This time it’s metastatic bc and it settled in my abdomen area. Be diligent ladies, I am again FIGHTING LIKE A GIRL!!!

  6. Heather

    Hi I’m Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

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