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Christine’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Christine's Story (Breast Cancer)In the spring of 2011 I felt a lump in my left breast. I ignored it and didn’t feel it again until a few months later. After panicking I went to my OB/GYN. She immediately sent me for a mammogram. After a mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy, PET/CT, and bone scans, I was diagnosed with IDC stage IV breast cancer.

I was a devastated 39 years old with a five year old at home. What was I going to do?  All I could do was cry and say, “Why me? I don’t want to die. I can’t leave my daughter without her mom.” So I prayed and prayed and begged God to make me better.

The tumor was very large so I started chemo right away in order to shrink the tumor enough to have surgery. After one and a half years of chemo the tumor had  finally shrunk enough that I could have surgery. This past January I had a mastectomy on the left  breast with reconstruction and a reduction on the right. It has been 11 months since my surgery. My last scan showed no evidence of cancer. Finally I am able to say that I am cancer free!!!! Thanks to the support from family and friends I was able to get through the roughest part of my life. But I fought hard and won!!! I am loving my life and looking forward to a long life time of memories with my daughter.

Christine
New Jersey
Submitted 11/08/2013

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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