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Michelle’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Michelle's Story (Breast cancer)LRI turned 40 in 2009 and I decided to go have a mammogram. Normally I put things like this off. It had been a few years since I had even been for my yearly womanly doctor visit, but for some reason since I turned that magical age where they tell you that you should get a mammogram, I decided to go ahead with it.

I have no family history of breast cancer and never gave a thought to having breast cancer. To my surprise, they immediately saw something on my mammogram. I was sent straight to a breast surgeon who scheduled me for a lumpectomy. A week later, I found out I did indeed have stage 1 breast cancer. I was scheduled for another surgery to remove more tissue and I had to have my lymph nodes removed. Thankfully those came back clear.

After that I went through 6 weeks of radiation treatment daily. I could not have gotten through this journey without the support of my family and friends. I got a clean bill of health after my radiation treatments and now I bug my girlfriends and any stranger that will listen on how important it is to do yearly mammograms and monthly checkups! If I had not gone in for my first mammogram because I turned 40, I have no doubt I may not be here today.

Michelle
Missouri
Submitted 04-04-2012

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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4 comments

  1. connie cossar

    One year ago today I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. went through 16 weeks of chemo then a lumpectomy then 4 more rounds of the red devil chemo for 8 weeks then 6 weeks of radiation. today I am working 9 hours a day doing everything I use to do and I claim that I am cancer free!!!!!

    • Yasmin Velez

      Amen!!!

    • Birdies

      Five years now, NED. I was triple negative too. There is hope!

  2. jean

    thank you for sharing your story.I was diagnosed one year ago the today.I also had triple negative.I am 54 and plan on living a long time.It was a scary experience,but it made me a stronger person.God bless you all and F L A G !!!!!!

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