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Judy’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Judy's Breast Cancer StoryI was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in November of 2009. I survived 2 courses of chemo, a modified radical mastectomy, and radiation (8 long months) – finally received the great news that I was cancer free.

Went back to work as soon as I could, back to real life!!! In August 2011, I started having vision problems and headaches. After an eye exam and an MRI, I was told I had a brain tumor (a meningioma). Surgery was scheduled quickly to remove the benign tumor, however, during the surgery the neurosurgeon found brain mets. Treatment is still be decided.  A PET scan will be done to see if the cancer has metastasized anywhere else and I will move forward!

Another bump in the road, right??

Judy
California
Submitted 9-27-11

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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4 comments

  1. Judy, I really know about bumps in the road! I got non Hodgkins lymphoma and leukemia at a young age, was treated very aggressively chemo 5 days in a row every three weeks for 13 months, this disease has no cure they maintain it! It’s gotten into my spleen now so I’ve transferred to Dana Farber Cancer Center and the best Dr. In the USA for this my chemo is 3 very strong drugs 3 8 hour days seems un doable,but here we go then they hope to shrink my spleen so they can remove it! Love Dana Farber, fly from Florida it’s a great place to check out the minute I stepped in the door it’s huge I knew I was supposed to be there! Hang on as we all do really I recommend Dana Farber to everyone they specialize and have clinical trials! Good luck love to a cancer survivor Beth

    • Beth, as sorry as I am to hear your cancer has no cure, I’m relieved to hear that someone else has to “do” maintenance for the cancer. I was diagnosed 12/1/08 with stage IV peritoneal cancer. No cure, no surgery or radiation, just chemotherapy. I have had long aggressive infusion and at this point I’m doing maintenance with a cytoxin 50mg pill each day for 3 months. Go back May 21 for a ca125 and if those devil cells are still lying still and behaving, I’ll stay on the pill another 3 months. If it has moved, back on infusion. So far it hasn’t attached to anything else, thank God. The tumors are gone but there are cancer cells in the fluids and so we just don’t know what’s next until the numbers change.

      Hang in there, we are warriors and we Will fight like the strong girls we are.

      Linda

  2. Madeline Murdoch

    Yes another bump in the road. I just reached 10 years breast cancer survivorship in October 25,2011. My daughter was 3 when I was diagnosed and she just turned 14. You are a survivor just like me. Keep going.

  3. Maria Nazarre-Sosa

    Hi Judy:

    My name is Maria and I have survived 5 cancers, yes 5 and now I am living with a malignant brain tumor which has been frozen for the time being until they find a treatment or a surgery. Hang in there girl, God is bigger than anything. He is the one who decides when our time is up here on earth. Stay strong and have FAITH. Pray, pray and pray some more. I will keep you in my prayers. Nothing is impossible and staying positive will get you through this. I will keep up with your story because I know that once again you will be Cancer FREE!! May God bless you!

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