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    Loss (Lost loved one): When I look at this icon, I see body part,loss of a loved one, mind/sense of humor. I lost a body part (ok, no biggie really,I hate wearing a bra anyway) I lost my mom to this beast of a disease(broke my heart)! Mind/sense of humor( well, a little of the mind,but NEVER my sense of humor) You lose so much from cancer, but in the end- you gain more ! You see how strong you are, how full of life you can and want to be, you see how much love you have all around you and I guess most of all - you see how much love you have for those around you !!!!!

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    Celebration (MASSAGE !!!!!): After I finished all my treatments and radiation, my friend gave my a gift of a massage. I'd never had one and it was FANTASTIC !!!! After being poked and prodded for over a year,this was a true gift !!!!

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    Side Effects (Chemo brain): It seems that 90% of the side effects on this list, I had or still have. Due to the Tamoxifen,I had blood clots. I have neuropathy which in itself, is a life long,constant pain. Though I will say, being bald was pretty cool ! I was a woman who prided herself on my long,thick,curly hair. Losing a breast wasn't such a big deal to me but losing my hair was the pits.I cried the first time I ran my fingers thru my hair and a hand full came out, and it didn't take long after the first treatrment. But after getting use to it, it does have it's pros !

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I noticed the lump in my breast during my pregnancy. The OB/GYN told it was just my breast swelling and it would go away. The left side did but the right didn't. At my six week check to the OB/GYN I had lost my mom that morning to cancer. I showed him the lump and he sent me for the mammogram. The radiologist was the worst person I think I have ever met. They send you in to a waiting room, she walks in and just like she's in a great hurry, she tells me" You have Stage 2 Breast cancer !" I FLIPPED ! I started babbling about just losing my mom, my new baby, she got cussed out. She ran and I do mean ran out of the room and sent someone else in who had a heart and compassion to sit with me until I could gain control. The she sat and talked with me and let me cry.And that was the ONLY time I cried about having cancer.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Chemo was a kicker. They tell you all the side effects but until you experience them, you have no clue what your in for. Taxel was the WORST ! The pain was HORRIBLE ! The pain gets worse with each treatment. By the time I was done, I was praying someone would cut off my legs. That's just how bad it hurt. Chemo is easy to do, you just sit there. But it's hard to live with after.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Mastectomy): they run you in through surgery and out of the hospital in less than 24 hrs. I felt like I was in a drive thru. The surgeon was great with his follow up. It took me 6 months to heal due to my diabeties and that long before they would start chemo. For weeks I couldn't hold my 4 month old son without someone to help me. It surgery impacts your daily life immensely.