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    Decision Point (Can't dwell on what has happened): I used to worry , what if?? Now I try to enjoy each day as it comes along. No one is guaranteed any time in this life. Try to make the best of what you do, love your family and be kind to others. I try to make a positive difference in people's lives!

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): I am done with treatments, but do see my surgeon and oncologist every six months. I still get nervous every time I have a mammogram, but I think that is normal. I have had 4 friends diagnosed since I have gone through treatment. Every diagnosis is different, so it is hard to say what people will go through. I have tried to watch my diet and exercise to get my body healthy. I am using yoga as therapy for my mind.
    Every year I walked in "Making Strides for Breast Cancer" because a dear friend of mine lost her mother 10 years ago. She now is undergoing treatment for triple negative breast cancer. So I continue to walk and raise money for the cure.

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    Side Effects (Hot flashes): I was put on tamoxifen after the surgeries, and it put me into menopause. I had hot flashes every 15-20 minutes all day and all night.
    I had a hard time multi tasking, and remembering things. It also has caused ostopenia in my hips. With every medication you take after breast cancer it will have some kind of side effect. I have tried Arimidex and that caused bone and joint pain, and now I am trying a new
    medication called Aromax?(not sure on the spelling)

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    Clinical Trial (Other): I did agree with the first surgery to become part of a clinical trial for breast cancer. During the lumpectomy they removed bone marrow from both hips which was painless because it was done while I was under anesthesia. I have a 29 year old daughter, and I hope by being part of this clinical study, there will be a cure or known reason why so many women get breast cancer.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): The only real side effect I had was the fatigue. I went to radiation at 4:30 every day for 5 weeks, and by the time I got home at night, I had to lay down. The procedure is painless. It is more of an inconvenience then anything.