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Karen’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Karen's Story Breast CancerI was originally diagnosed with IBC in 2003. After two years of arduous treatment, I remained in remission for 6 years. Then the cancer returned to my bones, and later spread to my lungs and liver as well.

I began painting after my diagnosis and have made some headway as a fine artist. I have recorded my feelings and experiences in self portraits illustrating living with cancer. I have now been fighting and surviving cancer for 12 and a half years.

It has not always been easy, but I am extremely grateful for each and every day I have, because at times, I never thought I would live past the first year after diagnosis.

Thank you,

Karen Yee
California
Submitted 01/06/2016

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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4 comments

  1. Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault

    Hahahaha !! What a beautiful photo Karen Yee !!

    I love it !

    KEEP PAINTING , KEEP FIGHTING LIKE A GIRL, KAREN YEE !! ☆★♡♥

    With love from Québec, Canada
    Brigitte Estelle xxx

  2. Wow, that photo looks so fierce! Keep at it! Also, have you heard about a cold cap? Apparently those can prevent hair loss during chemo. So happy to see some options becoming available for that side effect. PS, congratulations on 12.5 years of being cancer free!!

    • Thank you, Sam! But to be clear, I have not be cancer free for 12.5 years, I have been fighting and surviving it. I have heard about cold caps, but haven’t had the chance to use them. I did try ice packs on my hands and feet when I was receiving a drug that caused hand and foot syndrome, and that was very unpleasant.

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