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Judy’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Breast Cancer StoriesIn 2005, after a routine mammogram, I was found to have Stage 1 breast cancer of the right breast. My surgeon found 3 tumors when performing a lumpectomy. Even though no lymph nodes were involved, the margins were not clean, and she strongly suggested chemo, which I did. After chemo, she wanted me to have an MRI to see if the right breast was clear. Sure enough, THAT side was good, but cancer was found in the LEFT breast! It was then I opted for a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.

Jump to April of this year, I had a hard mass show up in my left axilla. Sure enough, it’s back with mets to the bone. I’m now Stage 4, taking letrozole and Ibrance, trying to wrap my brain around this terminal but manageable disease. My husband and I are trying to get in as much travel as allowed, and seeing our 3 kids and 5 grandchildren as much as possible.

Judy
Illinois
Submitted 07/01/2016

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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2 comments

  1. Prayers for your peace and strength, Judy. I hope that your time with family is precious and sweet.

    *Charlotte

  2. Hi Judy…I had Stage II in 1999, went through chemo and radiation. In 2009 zip went to StageIV. I am now on my 7th year and continue to take chemo and plow through this horrible disease. You can do this. Stay strong and be with your family as much as possible. I look at this as a chronic disease which is manageable at this time. Take care and God Bless you. Gail Accinelli

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