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Tammy’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Breast Cancer StoriesI was shocked when the doctor told me I had stage 2 breast cancer and that I was having a double breast removal as soon as possible. This all started with routine exams. But like a lot of people at this time I had no health insurance!

I was was scared to find out what my treatment options were! Chemo was worse than the surgery! I puked almost everyday and food had no taste – it was like eating cardboard! My husband, the love of my life, stood right beside me the whole time! We took this journey together for better or worse! We also had a little help from my husband’s family!

I was just told on Tuesday of last week that it looks real good! Meaning I am CANCER FREE! Still a long way to go, but as my husband says we will make the trip together! Now we will see the plastic surgeon to start the reconstruction process – meaning, hopefully, in a few months I will have new boobies!

Don’t get me wrong – I had my problems with depression, anxiety, fear that I would die. Breast Cancer does not run in my family history – it was lung cancer! My grandmother, my mother, and my younger sister all died of lung cancer!

I will tell you that when my hair fell out, I had a hard time dealing with quite a few things that were happening to my body! I was going through chemo in the hot months of the year, and people would look at me funny because I was wearing a beanie cap on my head, because it made me feel uncomfortable, cause people would stare at me! No one ever asking me if I was sick or stupid for it was over 100 degrees outside!

I am still dealing with the fact I had cancer! I want you to know the power of prayer is the most wonderful gift someone can give you. I finally realized that the DEVIL gave me cancer and God dealt with it! Now I hope to live many years cancer free! Moms, if you have daughters please sit down and talk to them about self exams! It may save their life someday!

Tammy
United States
Submitted 1-30-12

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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9 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your story. Beast cancer is so scary, and I am thankful that you did so well. Stay well!
    mo

    • Tammy thank you so much for sharing your story. Cancer is very scary, I know because I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer on July 19 2012, it was my dads birthday. I think he was sending me a message (god rest his soul) through my cat. You see my cat is the one who found my cancer. She was sitting on my lap and kept pawing at my left breast, after 2-3 times of pawing it kinda hurt so I put my cat on the floor and did a self breast exam and sure enough I found a lump. I have finished my treatments and i’m doing well. I went through the same emotions you experienced. I have found the power of prayer through my cancer and I know you have too. Take care of yourself and stay well sister!

  2. Thank you for sharing. I was just diagnosed and go into surgery in 3 days. I will at that time learn, type, stage and if it spread. Thank you for sharing. So very much. I am happy for you that finally it is gone. Hugs

  3. Thanks for sharing. I have stage 2 IDC and have been going though a lot of emotions dealing with all of this. I will be starting chemo next month. It is good to read that the feeling I am having are normal and that down the road there may be a light at the end of the tunnel and this journey/battle will behind me one day.

    • I was just diagnosed with Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I had a lump removed from my left breast and all of the lymph modes under my left arm on December 9′ 2012. Chemo will begin in January. I have been a huge bag of emotions but am trying to remain positive. I do not believe I have ever been so scared.

      • Tammy, thank you for sharing your story. I don’t know how I stumbled upon this page but I’m glad I did. I just want to say that life will get better! I didn’t think it would. I struggled with the thought that it would come back, day after day. Until a visit from my doctor helped tremendously….she told me to set an alarm clock for 30 minutes a day. During that time, I could allow myself to worry…worry, worry, worry about cancer, lumps, bills, family, anything and everything! But once that alarm went off, I had to STOP! Whenever a concern came into my head, I would tell myself that I wasn’t going to think about that until the next “alarm” session the following day. Believe me when I say, it helped. If you find yourself in this position, I hope you give it a try.

        Mary, I was also stage 2 triple negative. I had the lumpectomy and went through 8 rounds of chemo and 36 radiation treatments. I’m happy to say that I”m 5 YEARS CANCER FREE!
        Keep kicking butt, girls! You are and will be forever cancer free!!

        • M ARY , I HOPE BY THE TIME YOU RECIEVE THIS MESSAGE , YOU ARE DOING MUCH BETTER…I DID READ YOUR STORY HERE, MINE IS ON HERE ALSO…
          IT IS VERY EMOTIONAL FOR ANYONE WHO HAS TO DEAL WITH CANCER, AND IM SURE YOU HAVE HAD YOUR SHARE OF NIGHTS AND AWAKE ASKING GOD WHY ME? I DID…AND I WASNT ABOUT TO SIT AROUND FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF…SO, I KEPT THINKING LET ME MAKE IT THRU THIS GOD…AND KEEPING THE FAITH IN HIM STRONG HE DID SEE ME THRU IT ALL…I WAS STAGE 3 AND TREATED LIKE STAGE 4…I HAD 19 ROUNDS OF RADIATION AND 6 ROUNDS OF CHEMO…I WAS SCARED OUT OF MY MIND…BUT I KNEW I WAS GONNA FIGHT TO THE END OF TREAT MENT…I WAS CANCER -FREE JAN31 2013…ONE YR….SO MARY…U CAN DO THIS TOO….WE WILL ALL BE HERE FOR U…

      • Hi Mary,
        I was diagnosed in October with triple negative breast cancer. Wednesday is my last chemo after 16 rounds and April 3rd I start 6-1/2 weeks of radiation. I hope you are doing well. My anxiety level has gone up the closer I get to finishing chemo. My biggest fear is recurrence of the cancer. I need to learn to leave for today and not worry about tomorrow. That will be a challenge but I will do it!

        I love hearing these storied of woman that are cancer free! Such an inspiration to me.

        • My name is Sherri. I was diagnosed w stage 1 IDC this past Sep. I’m 34 years old, a wife and a mother of two little girls. My immediate reaction was pure terror!! I thought I was going to die and how could my girls live without a mother? It was truly awful…the thoughts, the fear, the worry. It consumes you. It’s been 6 months now and I’ve finished my four “hard” rounds of chemo. Tommorow I do #6 of 12 rounds of a different chemo. But I’ve been fortunate to not have any bad side effects. But I do understand the fear of being done with chemo. My husband keeps cheering me on, “you almost DONE.” But I’m feeling like you. I’m not so sure I want to be “done.” But I guess this is where true Faith steps in. We just gotta Let go and Let God!! It’s all in his control anyway right. We must live each day as a beautiful gift and cherish it. Best wishes to you!!! I Pray for all my breast cancer sisters out there!

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