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Tammy’s Story (Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer)

Breast Cancer StoriesHere’s my story of fear, anger, sadness and being strong! It was Oct. 26th, 2012, when I heard those dreadful words: You have cancer!! I just hit a brick wall. I had never been so devastated in my life and had just turned 40 in April. Yeah, welcome to your forties!! My diagnosis: stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma, estrogen positive. I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, which I have no regrets about and wouldn’t change a thing. I followed this with 16 treatments of chemo. Ugh, that sucked! On Nov. 15th, I will be 3 years breast cancer-free.

I was diagnosed this past Feb. with ovarian cancer, Feb. 2nd to be exact. I went in for surgery to have my ovaries removed and had a total hysterectomy. After waking up from a 6 hour surgery, I was informed I had advanced stage 3 ovarian cancer that had spread to my diaphragm and colon. The surgeon is optimistic that he got it all. I am currently going through chemo again, this time 18 treatments. I believe I have 8 more to go. I was also diagnosed with a mutation of my BRCA 1 gene, with no family history.

If there’s anything I’ve learned through my journeys with cancer, it’s to stay positive and keep a good attitude. This can be hard at times, but that’s when you reach out to your support group. I have an amazing support group and wouldn’t have been able to come this far with such bravery without them!!

Tammy
Minnesota
Submitted 06/02/2015

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. What a journey that you have been through. Stay strong. I am so glad that you have had a good support system to help you through.

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