slcar8290's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 53, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    While I was recovering from my sugery, my mother was diagnosed with cancer for the 3rd time. She was going to the same Doctor I was going to. I talked to the nurse and she told me because of the type of cancer it was and as advanced to enjoy these holidays, they would be our last. My mother never made it to the holidays. That was the hardest Thanksgiving and Christmas I have ever had. No only did I lose my mother, I was still recovering from all my surgery. My mother was laying in bed and she told me I would have to look out for my dad. She is laying in bed knowing that she didn't have long, and she was worried about my dad and me. I asked her what I did wrong that she would do that to me. We both started laughing. My mother was my best friend and I miss her like crazy. I was in one hospital having 2nd surgery and she was in another hospital because they found blood clots in her neck. My mother was an amazing woman. She not only battled cancer 3 times, for the last 15 + years she had heart problems. Only half her heart worked. My mother never complained about her health, how bad she felt, she took it one day at a time and did what she had too. She had lost her eye sight, diabetes, heart problems and cnacer. I hope I am half the woman my mother was. I hope and pray that if I have to go throgh half as much as she went through I handle it as well as she did. My mother buried 3 of her children. My sister was still born, and my brothers died from cancer at the ages of 24 and 28.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    In May 2009 they found a spot on my mammogram and said it was nothing. They would keep an eye on it and make sure there was no change. Repeat mammogram every 6 months. First 6 months everything was fine. I put off the next mammogram because my husband had lost his job and I had MRI on my lungs and thought if there was anything there it would have found it . I was wrong. As I was told that wasn't what they were looking for, so it wouldn't show if there was anything. So in August 2010 I went for my follow up Mammogram. They found 2 spots this time and they looked Suspicious. This started many different doctors visits. I didn't know how we were going to pay for all the test and doctors. The good lord provided for us. My husband had been off work since July 1, 2010 and had just got out of the hospital for blood clots in his lungs. I was the only one working and I had insurance through my job. I went to surgeon and she set up for biopsy. It came back positive and because of family history they wanted to test to see if I was BRAC positive. This would determine what treatment I would receive. I was positive for BRAC 1. September 22, 2010 I had a blilateral masectomy. I had great Doctor's. They had prepared me as much as anyone can be prepared. My family and friends were great. They were great. There was a lot to take in and such a short amount of time.

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