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Elissa’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Elissa's Breast Cancer Story I was diagnosed with breast cancer through my first mammogram at age 40.

That same week, my husband was teaching a health economics class and showing students the data about how women under 50 represent only 5% of breast cancer but cost $675 million in mammograms, so maybe it wasn’t worth it…

After surgery and facing 33 radiation treatments, I looked in my closet and wondered what one wears to radiation. ’Not a party dress’, said my inner smart-ass. ’Why not’, said my inner rebel.

And that was that. I decided to wear 33 different dresses to my 33 radiation treatments.

I’m writing this to you from Day 4 of radiation, several hundred people have joined me – wearing dresses, Hawaiian shirts, using our china – living life no matter what.

Treatment is no picnic, but you can at least give yourself something nice to go with it. Come wear dresses and stuff with me, for yourself or in support of or in memory of someone you love. No one can take away the kind of beautiful that comes from the inside out.

Elissa A
Pennsylvania
Submitted 5-3-2012

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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3 comments

  1. Josie Escalante-Rioseco

    I am a 9 year Breast Cancer Survivor, I know what it is to feel scared and not knowing what to expect. I went though 32 sessions of radiation, I wore nice sweat wear to my sessions. Then in 2008 I had a hysterectomy and found out that I had Ovarian Cancer. 3 days after my surgery, my Ob/GYN told me that I had abnormal Ovary, 10% cancer growth. I was blessed to have had my surgery when I did.

  2. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer April 2012, have had chemo, surgery, radiation and now on 3 weekly infusions of Herceptin. I went through my radiation choosing to wear some of my most gorgeous shoes! The technicians always commented on them and It felt good to see them peeping out from underneath the gown/blanket.

  3. You ladies are an inspiration and you have touched my heart. I watched my nana go thru treatment, sadly we lost her in ’06. We lost my father in law last week after struggling with Hodgkins for 14 years. He would wear crazy hats to his treatments. My favorite one had a hippie pony tail hanging out the back. The nurses adored him. Keep on fighting ladies! You make Me proud to be a girl!!!

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