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Suzanne’s Story (Breast Cancer)

suzannes-story-breast-cancerIn 2010, I felt a lump in my left breast, one month after a mammogram, that was read as ‘negative.’ After an ultrasound and biopsy, I was diagnosed with stage 2a invasive ductal breast cancer.

I underwent a double mastectomy and four cycles of chemo, followed by six years of anti-estrogen therapy.

In the spring of this year, I felt a pea-sized lump in my mastectomy scar on the left side. I followed up with my oncologist, and a subsequent biopsy indicated a recurrence, six years after my first treatment. I am now fighting breast cancer for the second time.

Both tumors were felt by my own self exam, despite ongoing care. My message to all women is know your body, as you may need to save your life!

Suzanne
Illinois
Submitted 10/03/2016

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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2 comments

  1. I agree with you fully Suzanne …. we do have to know our own bodies and when something doesn’t seem right, we need to press the medical professionals to look into it. I am very proud of how well you have handled your situation and wish you all the best with your ‘second’ fight against this cancer. You sound like a good fighter!!!
    Warmly,
    Lois

  2. Like you I found a lump after a clear mammogram. You are so right, we have to know our bodies and take control. Stay positive and stay strong. You can beat this.

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