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Nicole’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Nicole's Story (Breast Cancer) LRMy story starts the same as many – youngish, 30-something girl living a single life, partying, late night eating, bad habits, and believing I’m invincible. Well… in april of 2009, cancer came a knockin’ on my door.

Actually, it started a little earlier, August of 2008, when I was in a little fender bender and glad to be alive but noticed a lump in my left breast. Hmm, well, if I am going to the doctor for the accident, might as well let him check out the breast (mind you, I never liked doctors and hardly ever went – not even to the gyno). But the bum of an MD, if I can even use that term, told me “aah.. it’s nothing, no worries, you have lumpy breasts”. Ok, well, that was the last time I listened to someone else other than myself for my inner voice was clearly telling me something was wrong. Bad colds, viruses , bronchitis, all led up to that voice that told me to go get a mammo.

So, April 17th, 2009, the Big “C” day. “Yes, Nicole, you have cancer. Oh and by the way, it’s stage 3. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? My world stopped. Everything froze. Did I mention I am a dancer/choreographer? Well, that stopped too. I had to leave my students, dancing, everything, and get busy on the job at hand – getting healthy. I reached out to many doctors but found a gem and, once I started treatment, I realized “wait, hold on, I can do this”. CHEMO, RADS, MASTECOMY, TAMOXIFEN, all of it, done, did it, and if I can do it, anyone reading this can do it.

Well, it’s 2011 and I was just rediagnosed with some more lymph node involvement in the back of my abdomen. So, yes, more chemo, this time in pill form so a Little easier and, yes, more tolerable. But I am still dancing and still kickin’ ass. In fact, I believe that my dancing, studio support (Reflections in Dance), and family support all aided in my recovery. I told my mom, that day in April 2009, “no one is going to take my breast and there is no way I can get through chemo”.

But here I am – gone through all that and more. I FIGHT LIKE A GIRL AND SOMETIMES EVEN LIKE A BOY. I WILL FIGHT AS HARD AS I CAN – NO MATTER WHAT. In the words of Rocky “Its not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward, that’s how WINNING IS DONE!!!”


New York
Submitted 12-14-11

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. Jacquie Webb

    I wish all the best Nicole. Kia Kaha ( Be Strong). Kick Cancer to the curb. I believe the majority of Doctors even here in New Zealand tell women under the age of 40 that their breasts are just lumpy, and too dense to get a proper reading. So wait till you are 45 to get a free mammography. You have bet it once, you will do it again.

  2. vickie

    God bless you Fight like a Girl. Bteast cancer got me 2 times Iam a survivor !!!!!

  3. donna

    You go girl…i am a one year survivor…been through the chemo radiation mastectomy….thank god every day….god bless you… and stay strong…..<3

  4. Stephanie drum

    Hello, keep up the fight!!!!! Never let stupid cancer stop you. I’m sorry you have had to experience this, I too at the age of 23 and then again at 28 with metastic breast cancer in pelvic bone will not let Cancer beat me!!! The best of luck to you!! Oh and I too teach at a local studio in my town.

  5. Chris Basile-Ozkara

    If they want to take your breast, let em.. It’s not worth your life. I’ve had one boob for 10 yrs now and am cancer free (so far). Sometimes I wish they would take the other one too. Breasts are over rated anyway. I’m sorry you had to go thru this at an early age. There’s no age limits for C. Keep up the fight, life is worth it. I’ll be praying for you.

  6. Valerie Guillot

    Hi Nicole, Keep up the good work and continue to “Kick Butt”. You were always a strong young woman, and I expect you always will be. You’ve got the love and prayers of many of the Reflections Alumni and their parents. You are certainly in my prayers. Love you baby…. Val

  7. Lisa Reneo

    You are truly an Inspiration to all our children and us. We love you Nicole Donlon you are a WARRIOR, remember we are with you. No giving up no matter what because YOU GOT THIS GIRLFRIEND, NO DAY BUT TODAY, AND EVERYDAY AFTER ONE DAY AT A TIME WITH ALL OF US BY YOU SIDE. XO XO LUV YOU THE RENEO’S

  8. Angela Venezia

    Keep fighting Nicole! Don’t ever give up and let “C” win! Prayers are with you… Best Wishes always!

  9. gizelle renda

    It is with a heavy heart that i come here to say Nicole passed away yesterday morning. She was a beautiful person with a pure soul. Our hearts are broken.

  10. Madison

    Miss Nicole what could I say? u r my inspiriation my idol my everything ! I still can’t believe this happend I love u to the sun and down ! And when I see Lisa I don’t know why I kindve see u ! And right before recital me and Alexa my sister hugged Lisa and I don’t know about her bit I felt u so much !! Now in comp right before I went on for let the sunshine in I said this is for u miss Nicole and all through that dance I felt u !! Then just yesterday I thought a few years back and I thought of when I sang u dynamite I think and u said u won’t to be manger and since then u told me to model and I would manager u ❗️ I nbow u told us to no to cry but I just don’t know not how to ! Goodby for now and see u later can’t wait !!

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