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Tina Marie’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Breast Cancer StoriesThis is my second bought with breast cancer. Seven years ago in February I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I went through chemo, a double mastectomy, and radiation. I wouldn’t want to change having cancer at all because it taught me so much having it. It brought me closer to God, my family, friends, and made me appreciate life more.

During my time battling cancer my husband started having an affair with a friend of mine. I denied this for several years. I was on the road of being a survivor and was going on my seven year anniversary of being cancer free when I came down sick and ended up in the hospital. I should have known something wasn’t right because I had been coming down sick with colds and things like that for months. I was having chest pains, getting sick, and I couldn’t stop getting sick. So my mom convinced my one daughter to take me to the emergency room. I ended up in the emergency room and had fluid on my lungs and around my heart. After being in the hospital taking care of those issues they did some testing on me. The tests came back that I had cancer again. This time I had stage 4 breast cancer.

I am now going through chemo and am working on my forth month of chemo. I have two more months left of chemo before we do a pet scan and decide where to go from there. So far things are going well. I am pulling myself up onto my feet again and working on being a survivor. This journey has made me a stronger person that isn’t taking a moment of my life for granted. It still brings me close to God, my family and friends. Without all of them I wouldn’t be who I am today. With out these two journeys I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Having cancer has made me a better person. Crazy as that may sound it is the truth.

Tina Marie
New York
Submitted 08/18/2013

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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