After several years of one struggle after another, two abusive marriages, one physical and one emotional, and suffering with the pain of fibromyalgia, I had entered into a new relationship and wanted a fresh start with life.
I went in for my first mammogram at the age of 49. This was my ”base” mammogram, as there was nothing to compare to. One month later I went in for a second mammogram. The doctors had already seen that there had been changes. The test revealed cancerous cells and my first lump was removed. After further tests, cancer cells were still detected and a second lump had to be removed. I then consented to 40 radiation treatments. If they found more cancer cells, I would have to agree to chemo. It is now 7 years later and I am fine.
I now go for yearly mammograms. I still suffer from the fibromyalgia and refuse to take medication every day, but I can manage for the most part, with the support of good friends and a T.E.N.S. unit, which I use to control the pain. I consider myself a survivor, because through years of pain, suffering and disappointment, I HAVE ALWAYS AND WILL ALWAYS …FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!
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.