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Jeanne’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Jeanne's Story Breast CancerI am 48 years old, and I was diagnosed on January 5th, 2016. An annual mammogram found the cancer in my left breast. I was sent to a surgeon, and she had me do a genetic test. I had already elected to do a double mastectomy. The test came back positive for BRCA2. I had my double mastectomy on February 9th, 2016.

Three days after my surgery, my doctor called me and said, “I am so glad you decided to do both,” as they found cancer in my right breast as well. The left side was TNNC8, and they found another lump that was pre-cancerous. The right was much larger and not found until surgery. That one was estrogen receptive.

I went through 4 aggressive chemos. The first was done through a vein, and it screwed up that vein. So we elected to put in a port. Second chemo, I almost passed out when they hooked up my port. The third chemo, I had a TIA stroke, due to my port being put in incorrectly. So the last 2 chemos were done in my veins, and everything went well.

After 3 surgeries and 4 chemos, I have one surgery left. It’s been a tough road, but so many women have gone through even more than this. In a few more weeks, I have my surgery, and then I go back to my oncologist to go on a pill for five years. Not sure yet which one.

I pray for every person affected by this awful disease, as well as the people who have lost the fight.

Jeanne
Georgia
Submitted 06/13/2016

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. Being such a brave young women you are, being positive, keeping that smile. along with putting up the fight, just so very proud of you, bless you and Mike, your going to beat this, just feel that strongly about your beautiful spirit. Lots of Love for you!!

  2. Jeanne, Wow – what a wild ride you went on… the good news it that it’s almost over. I went through almost the same thing but a little different and thank God I didn’t experience a stroke as you did.

    My cancer was estrogen receptive like you – found only in left breast. Jan 2015 I went in for a mammogram and it showed NOTHING. Six months later in June I found a lump under my left arm. I chose to remove both breasts because I didn’t trust mammograms again and surely did not want a repeat. They took 15 lymph node from left arm. My last of 15 chemo treatments were in January 2016. In March I had reconstruction and am working on getting my range of motion back in left arm.

    The pill they prescribed for me was Femora – for the rest of my life. By the way I am almost 60 now, but young and thriving. There is life after Cancer.

    Peace be with you.

    Hugs – Jules

  3. Great news and congrats Jeanne. In May I was diagnosed with IDC PR/ER +. I opted for a double myself even though my tumor is on my right. It was also caught through my annual check up. You are an inspiration. Your decision affirms my gut choice. The 1st Oncologist kept telling me my choice was over kill and was trying to convince me to do a lumpectomy with radiation. Needless to say I switched oncologists and will be having my surgery July 6th. Thank you for being so brave. Best to you. Kim

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