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Cindy’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Cindy's Story (Breast Cancer) While going to college, at 39 years old, for surgical technology, I had a mammogram followed by a needle biopsy and then a surgical biopsy. Fortunately for me it was detected early and was also contained within a milk gland so it couldn’t spread, thus requiring no chemotherapy or radiation.

I took five weeks off from school and had a bilateral mastectomy. After recovering for five weeks, I went right back to school and finished my requirements for graduation. I am now a surgical technologist, where I will be doing these surgical procedures and many more.

I am very thankful for my life. I never ask God, “why me?” I ask God, “why did I get to survive breast cancer and so many do not?” My heart breaks for the many who fought for as long as they could and lost the battle. I love the Fight Like a Girl Club. No one else I know has had a bilateral mastectomy. It seems like nobody understands how I feel about the way my chest looks. I am scheduled for reconstruction soon. I plan to use the gift of survival to help, support, and raise awareness. I will always fight like a girl !!!

Cindy
Virginia
Submitted 3-19-2013

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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2 comments

  1. I feel for you and was in your same boat. I had a double mastectomy in 2010 with a DIEP reconstruction in 2011. I wore prosthetics for 13 months! I too never asked “why me?” because I felt that questioned meant someone else deserved it. Glad to hear you did not have to go through treatment! Good luck on your reconstruction! Feel free to contact me if you’d like.

  2. You are an amazing strong woman Cindy. God has blessed you and has more in store for you. I love you beyond measure and I am so glad you beat this demon. Your faith and love for others leaves me in awe. You are everything to me and I know that God will and is with you with whatever your life throws at you. You are a wonderful mom and tremendously loving and loyal friend. To know you is a blessing. Can’t wait to see you again. All my love……… Your Sister………..Sandi

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