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    Decision Point (Hormones or not, lumpectomy or breast removal): I had a few decisions to make with my cancer; one being whether or not to have my breast removed or a lumpectomy. Considering the fact that my cancer area was so small and didn't go into the lymph nodes I chose a simple lumpectomy. I am happy that I did. I also had to decide if I wanted any type of hormone therapy. After speaking with my physician at Mayo Clinic and hearing the options I opted not to have additional therapy because the percentage rate (recurrance) was less than .5% and I do not want to put chemicals of any sort that I feel are not necessary in my body due to the fact that we have such a balanced system the way it is.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): My family and I celebrated with a night out when I finished treatment. I also attend the Cancer Survivors Day at Mayo clinic that is held each year in celebration of life.

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    Side Effects: I didn't have side effects that I would describe as "notable," other than the sweating that occured during the last two weeks of my radiation.

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    Clinical Trial (Emu oil): Mayo Clinic is trying to see if emu oil is more effective than the other oils currently used for the breast after radiation. I have yet to hear the resuls as they have not secured enough volunteers that I am aware of.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Radiation was a breeze.....