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Krista’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Krista's Story (Breast Cancer) LRHi, my name is Krista Mondahl. I found out that I had breast cancer January of 2011. I was only 24 years old. I had the lump on my right side for about 5 years prior to finding out that it was cancer. I had gone to several doctors, and they all thought it was just a cyst and told me not to worry about it. I decided to go back to the doctor after discovering that the lump had gotten bigger since the last time I went in. They decided to do a biopsy on the lump. January 7th, 2011 I got the most horrible news ever! I can still remember to this day hearing the words, ”you have breast cancer”. I had never heard of a person my age having breast cancer, so it was a total shock to me and my family.

I decided to go with the double mastectomy and reconstruction. I had that surgery on February 2, 2011. They also found that it had spread to one of my lymph nodes. Then I had to go back a week later for another surgery to remove my lymph nodes. Luckily it had not spread anywhere else! Thank God! I also had to have 4 cycles of chemotherapy once every 3 weeks. It was such a long journey, and I am still kicking cancer’s butt to this day! I am proud to say that I am 2 years cancer-free! I also would not have been able to get through this without the support from my family and friends! I love them so much!

Krista
Minnesota
Submitted 4-15-13

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. I found out in December of 2011 that I had stage 4 breast cancer. I had dose dense chemo for about 5 months, with excellent results. With only a small amount of cancer left at the original site, I had a lumpectomy on August 24th, 2012 and became cancer free. Since it was stage 4, I am not considered *cured* but in remission. I am so grateful.
    Today I found out my granddaughter has breast cancer. She is only 22. It breaks my heart. My best advice: Take one day at a time. Each day, you need all of your energy for that day. Don’t spend today’s energy worrying about tomorrow. Get all the rest you can. And let’s all pray and fight for a CURE!
    Krista, your story is so encouraging since you are young too. Thank you for sharing. Just what I needed to read right now. Everyone’s story is unique and no one’s treatment seems to be exactly the same, but we all have one thing in common: Hearing that one life changing sentence, “You have breast cancer.”

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