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Mary’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Breast Cancer StoriesWell, I am going on 15 years cancer-free. It was a hard road. I was 25 years old when I was diagnosed. But I got through it, thanks to my lord and savior. I also had surgery this past September 2015 to remove another milk duct. However, I’m happy to say that it was cancer free.

I want to share a poem I wrote and that I am getting tattooed on my left arm for my 15-year mark. My prayers go out to all the lovely women fighting and the lovely women who are cancer-free. Hope you enjoy my poem and stay strong.

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
SO
LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST,
LAUGH OFTEN ALONG THE WAY,
LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES,
LOVE YOURSELF FIRST AND LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY
LET GO OF THE PAST THAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK AND
FIGHT LIKE A GIRL WHILE KEEPING YOUR FAITH.
MAY THE WORLD COME TOGETHER AND PRAY FOR THE ONES WHO ARE STILL FIGHTING THE FIGHT,
THE ONES THAT ARE SURVIVING AND TAKING A STAND.
AND TO THE ONES WE LOST IN THE FIGHT,
MAY THEIR FAMILIES FIND PEACE.
LOVE ALWAYS,
A SISTER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THIS DEADLY DISEASE

Mary Dee Harris
Montana
Submitted 02/22/2016

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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3 comments

  1. Mary, you are one of the bravest and strongest women I know! So proud of you for stepping out like this. Your poem is beautiful and is only a tiny peek into the woman you have become with God’s grace! I love you and miss you.

    Momma Kat

  2. Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault

    Bonjour Mary Dee Haris,

    Sending you lotsa of hugs and kisses from Montreal Canada!♡♥♡♥♡♡★♡♡♥♡♥♡♥♡
    With love,
    Brigitte Estelle xxx

  3. Mary,
    You are so right!! Attitude IS everything. I am a breast cancer SURVIVOR of 25 yrs. (Sept). When I was going through chemo and loosing my hair, I told my doctor I was asking for a leather jacket and studded necklace like a dog collar for Christmas. He looked so confused. He said, I never would have pictured you like that ..?? I said, I want to be able to give people something to look or stare at rather than a bald head!
    He hollered! He thought that was the funniest thing he had ever heard. He said you are a STAR, I don’t think I have ever had a patient with your attitude.
    I love this man to this day. I was barely 33 yrs old and I was his first breast cancer patient.
    I feel without this “bedside manner”, my journey may have been very dark.
    When my father was dying and we were at the hospital, he passed in the hall. He said what are you doing here? I told him as I broke down in tears, and he just hugged me tight and assured me things would be alright.
    I have been blessed and so lucky to run across other SURVIVORS with such wonderful attitudes!
    Congratulations on your milestone!! Your poem is beautiful and so is your heart!

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