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Lisa’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Lisa's Story (Breast Cancer) I am 37 years old and have recently been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.

The past 3 months have been a whirlwind! One of the most important people in my life was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April and earned her wings in June. My grandmother was such an amazing woman and I am truly blessed to have had her in my life.

While dealing with her illness and helping as much as I could, I noticed discharge from my breast. I knew that something was wrong. It’s a feeling that you can’t explain, but I knew I needed to act quickly.

It started as some discharge . Then with some testing and negative results they found a lump (aka – golf ball). With a new doctor and more test came the news,  I had Stage 2 breast cancer. My mind went into  a thousand directions. I made the decision at that moment that I am going to be OK.

With a positive outlook and a smile, I share the news with my fiancee, my parents and siblings, and finally my 9 year old son. I am going to be fine is what I told them all.
Then I received more bad news – it is stage 3a, because my tumor is over 6 cm. So began the next round of testing and talk of treatment. My PET/CT and Bone Scan show additional tumors on my spine in 3 areas and on my pelvis …Welcome to Stage 4.

New course of action – we now focus on quality of life – not a cure. I’m still going to be fine!

Today – I will learn the results of the biopsy on my spine and will hopefully begin hormone therapy.

I’m still smiling and still focusing on the positive side of this mess. CANCER WILL NOT BEAT ME! I will always FIGHT LIKE GIRL!!!

Lisa W
New York
Submitted 7-26-2012

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. Lisa Gainey

    It is now May 2013! I am still fighting and will continue to do so until I kick cancer’s butt! I have been undergoing Chemo since November, and before that I went through a round of radiation and Hormone Therapy. I am Bald, Brilliant and Beautiful! This new chapter of my life has helped me to really realize what is truly important. My family and friends have been an amazing source of strength, support and love. My husband and son have been by my side through it all.
    My son has even constructed fundraisers at his school and with family members to raise money for cancer research and organizations that help children with cancer. Currently, he has raised over $2000. I believe that everything happens for a reason. My son is making a differnece in the lives of others – that is reason enough for me.
    Always fight and NEVER give up!

    • Darla

      Hi Lisa, Thank you for sharing! You are truly an inspiration but most definitely a fighter! My brother is battling pancreatic cancer. He will soon be 58. He battled testicular cancer at age 31 and it almost won. Now, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 4 months after losing his wife of 40 years to brain cancer in November 2013. By Christmas 2014, he was on death’s doorsteps. He didn’t think he would live to see his home again, but he did! He regained weight, worked out to rebuild his muscle strength and he continues to fight. Like you, he is a FIGHTER!! He is my hero!

      I am in awe of your son and his fundraising. That is just awesome he was inspired to do something so wonderful for other children, at such a young age! You raised a really good son that will someday, grow into a wonderful, compassionate and loving man! God Bless you and your family and NEVER give up the fight! Darla

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