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Victoria’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Victoria's Story (Breast Cancer)On my 34th Birthday this year, I found a lump on the upper outer area of my breast that felt like a marble. I knew, “uh oh” that’s not supposed to be there. The next day I saw two doctors, one said it was cancer and that I need a mammogram and one doctor said they weren’t worried about it at all by the way it felt under my skin.

The Radiologist came right in as soon as the pictures were taken with the mammogram and told me I needed a biopsy immediately. The biopsy came back DCIS, but then I had a lumpectomy, and the DCIS turned into Stage II breast cancer because it was 30% invasive. Another surgery for node biopsy showed it was contained, but in the node. I am in the middle of 6 rounds of Chemo, will have #4 this Monday – (TCH) Chemo with Herceptian because I’m HER2/+ and er/pr+.

When Chemo finishes, I will do radiation every day for 6 1/2 weeks. The Chemo has been so difficult and I feel sick. Can’t wait to get through this treatment and have my regular life back.

Submitted 10-28-11

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. Stephanie

    Stay strong! I was diagnosed april, 2011 at the age of 37 with IDC I was triple + and had 6 rounds of chemo and 1 year herceptin….I underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction…I just had my port removed last week!! Looking back it all happened so fast, and now it’s over!! I find great joy in hearing other survivor stories, so I hope to inspire you! You can beat this ugly disease!
    ~Fierce Faith~

    • Victoria Stotts

      Dearest Stephanie!
      Hello 🙂 I am so surprised to be published and reading this story I wrote 6 months ago. I am all done with chemo and radiation and just have 8 weeks of herceptin before I get my port out! 🙂 I am feeling so strong, so healthy, and you’re so right…it was a whirl wind. It is the best to be a SURVIVOR!!!! Best wishes and hugs!! Love, Victoria

  2. Karen Princ


    You are an amazingly strong woman and I am proud to call you my friend! We don’t see each other often and i don’t say it enough but I love you! What you have went through just goes to show how much of a “woman” you really are. Breasts don’t make you who you are…………. What you overcome and WHO you have in your life to stand beside and behind you are the very result of how much you are loved! KNOW you are LOVED~ Our lives are short but what we do with that short time is soooooo important. I know Aaron and the kids appreciate every minute with you regardless. You sooooooooooo mean t he world to sooooo many of us! Thank you for just being you. Love you~

    Your Friend


  3. Amber


    You are my best friend. When you told me that you had breast cancer I thought she is a tough girl and she will beat this. You are one of the strongest people I know and you inspire me everyday. I love you!!

  4. Leslie Peery

    Victoria! You are one of the most beautiful, amazing and inspirational women I know. I feel truly blessed to have gotten to know you and share some fun times together! I hope and pray you keep fighting hard and you kick this cancers ASS for good!!!! Keep up the fight girl, you are loved by so many and are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time! Recover well my sweet friend! =) Les

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