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Jill’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Jill's Story (Breast Cancer) It seems like my entire adult life I have dealt with breast issues – lumps,bumps, cysts, calcification’s, and very dense breast tissue. I have always been very familiar with what was “normal” for me. I have had countless mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies. I have always been very lucky.

Then in the autumn of 2012 at the age of 47 I knew something was not right. I felt a hard lump under my armpit and I noticed a sort of dimpling in my left breast. After once again having all the usual tests, I got the call – they found cancer. I have stage 3 breast cancer. I completed four months of chemotherapy. I then had a modified radical mastectomy of the left breast and had six lymph nodes removed – all cancerous.

I am currently undergoing six and a half weeks of radiation. Next year after I have completely healed from radiation, I will have my right breast removed and will undergo three reconstructive surgeries.
With the love and support of my boyfriend, family, friends and co-workers, an amazing medical team,  faith in the Lord, and my sense of humor, I am able to fight like a girl every day!

New Mexico
Submitted 7-15-2013

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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  1. Kelly

    Keep up the fight!!! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Love you Jill! xo

  2. Bonita Stack

    Jill…you ARE an amazing woman & we LOVE you!! Keep fighting like a girl! <3

  3. Colleen


    I’m so in awe of you at the way you went through everything with such a humorous spirit! Don’t ever lose your faith in God and your sweet sense of humor…you’re an amazing and strong woman who I’m proud to call my cousin! I love you so much!!!! ***smooches*** & (((hugs)))

  4. Della

    You go girl!!!! You are an inspiration! Praying for you and love you!

  5. Mare


    I am so proud of you and your strength!!
    I am honored to be your friend.
    Keep your faith and strength to fight.
    You are amazing:)
    Love you<3

  6. Roxann

    To my very brave, small but mighty Sister,
    You went through an intense serious journey of trying to get back to a “normal” life. From the start you have been so strong with a positive mind set and spirits high. Stupid Cancer… IT did not know whom it was dealing with. You never let it bring you down. You have touched so many lives. You are here for a reason. Just know that you are loved very much. We all feel very blessed to have my little sister in our lives. I love you Schmae.

  7. Terry

    Well kiddo…as I sit here thinking about you and how hard you fight everyday, I think about the little meaningless issues I have to deal with and how much they really don’t amount to anything. All the bs in this world really boils down to this. God put us here for a short time and all that matters is how much we love and care for those around us. This life wasn’t meant to be easy but we are never alone. I’m sure that I speak for everyone here…you are certainly loved and when you need us, we will be here for you. We love you!! Cya!!

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