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Nikki’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Nikki's Story (Breast Cancer)My name is Nikki and I am proud to say that I fought like a girl – and won! In December 2009 while laying stretched out on the floor I adjusted my bra due to quite a sore spot just above my rib cage beneath my breast. The very thought made me book an appointment the next day, just to make sure. I went to my GP who had a look and said he had no concern over it because it was just a swollen gland. What a relief really…

A couple of months passed and the area grew a bit bigger and more sensitive. This gnawing feeling I had just wouldn’t go away. I decided to go to another doctor for a second opinion. Now – due to my age of 26 at the time the doctors said I had nothing to worry about – but they sent me off for a sonar, mammogram and then a biopsy.

Mid June I was diagnosed. I had stage 4 breast cancer and it had metastasized to my liver. I was given the shocking news that my diagnosis was really bad and I would just be given a series of chemo to ‘prolong’ my life. No news can be so numbing – it felt like I had been hit by a bus! After a week or 2 of going into quite a depressed state I picked my socks up and said – you know what. I can do this! And I will show you all that I can conquer this!!

I was put onto trials that lasted 8 months until my body started resisting. I changed my doctor and was then put onto Red Devil Chemo. I gave it my everything and held onto every shred of Hope I was given. After a year and half in total of chemo, I was to have a mastectomy with later reconstruction followed by intense radiation (which I have just finished).

2011 was a hell of a year for me. It threw me so many curve balls (including my mom being diagnosed with a rare form of Endometrial cancer – she is now in the clean, thankfully) but after much determination and support from family, friends, colleges and my better half I was told on the 8th of December that nothing was to be seen. The feeling of a second chance is unbelievable. It’s still sinking in – so surreal!

I’m not quite finished with my journey yet – I have many more things to go through this year still. It may sound cliche but having breast cancer made me discover so many angels in my life that I will never forget. I have become part of a mission to spread the word about awareness especially in younger women and tell my story to the world.

To those fighters reading this – never ever give up on Hope. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only chance you have.

South Africa
Submitted 1-04-12

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. julie fisher

    You go girl! Keep up the good fight.

  2. Barbara

    Nicole you are a inspiration to all of us, I lost my right breast in January, had a few surgeries to reconstruct, not there yet, some surgery failures , but I am alive, nervous about the mammogram on the left breast due this month(my cancer was found in the right breast October at yearly mammogram). We can do this thing we can fight like girls.

  3. Casie Knight

    Way to go, girl!! We are all in this together!!

  4. Angie Weightman

    Good for you!!!I was diagnosed this past Spring with Stage 2. My mother and sister had already been through it so I decided on a bilateral mastectomy, just finished my chemo and am about ready to schedule my reconstruction. You had a much harder time than I did and I am proud of you.

  5. Jess

    Way to go girl! I’m also a BC survivor, way to fight like a girl!!

  6. Debra Hancock

    Breast cancer survivor since February 2010. Found my breast cancer by doing monthly self breast exams in the shower. Caught it early, had a lumpectomy and now still fighting for a cure and breast cancer awareness!!

  7. Dore'

    I’m a BC survivor, too Nicole. Very proud of your determination to fight like a girl! Keep it up! You are a real inspiration. We can do this for sure—we can fight like girls!!!!

  8. Debbie Lapalm

    Bilateral stage four bc 2006. Thirty hour mastectomy with tram flap reconstruction. Ten months with a wound vac followed by chemo. Just found out I have a recurrence, but still fighting like a girl and counting on aTKO!

  9. Nicole

    Thank you every1 for such amazing & kind words.
    Sadly cancer reared it’s ugly head again back in my liver but the fight goes on! I am due to have my last chemo this week.
    I sometimes think ‘how is it that I still work?’ but I am happy to say that I still live life as normal as can be
    and I try find the silver lining in everything I go through. I have even published my own magazine about cancer and the response has been phenomenal.
    Boxing gloves still on – always ready for a fight 😉

  10. Susan Acevedo

    Thank you for speaking out about breast cancer. We always think that because we are young that nothing will happen to us but you have enlighten us that it can happen to anyone. I am grateful that you and your mom are doing well. Keep fighting!

  11. Lori

    Keep fighting Nicole and everyone else. This past weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada. Am I thankful…YES! I am “growing” back my left breast via expander. Friday night my right breast was tender and I found a lump. I’ve been trying not to freak out and remain positive. I see my doctor today and will continue to fight like a girl.

  12. Peggy

    Nicole you are an amazing woman and should be so proud of you! All of us who have fought like girls and those who still are, we should all be so proud. Through persistant docs as well as my angel upstairs, my breast cancer was caught early enough that my treatments were a lumpectomy and radiation. Scariest words that I ever heard were said to me in December, 2011. I am two years cancer free this December. I offer my support, preach to my family and friends, fund raise, and I will continue to do whatever and all that I can to fight like a girl.

  13. Judy

    This is my 5th year as a survivor!!!! I will be able to stop taking Femara next month. So very thankful I have so much support.
    Keep on fighting like a girl, we are all in this together,

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