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I was diagnosed at the age of 40. The diagnosis was unexpected, and quite daunting. I had not sought, or even thought, about needing a mammogram at that time. One of my dear friends gave me a coupon for a free mammogram, and even made the appointment for me.
God showered me with grace, mercy and favor by allowing me to survive breast cancer. I’ve lost many friends, yet he chose to heal me. I am so very grateful. I refuse to take one single day for granted. I’ve deliberately chosen to live my life without sweating the small stuff.
From an early age I suffered pain and sensitivity in my breasts. I was told that this was due to the dense nature of the breast tissue. In 1997 I was diagnosed with atypical cells. My initial thought and question for my doctor was if I had cancer; he told me no, but that I should be vigilant.
Since my breast cancer diagnosis in July 2000 I became a strong advocate for breast cancer. At the time of my diagnosis, I worked for a surgical oncologist at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. From the moment I was diagnosed, I knew too well what I was in for.....
I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Ductal Carcinoma In Situ just days after my 28th birthday. This diagnosis was startling as I was not even 30, had no family history of cancer, and no prior health concerns.
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer, in my case breast cancer, has been the most terrifying experience I’ve had to endure. The possibility of prematurely leaving my children, most importantly my little ones....
I have been battling metastatic breast cancer for 15 years, outliving an original prognosis of 6 months, have undergone several recurrences, surgeries, radiations, and chemotherapy protocols. While still in the battle, I can tell you that being a Survivor means taking a proactive role in one's healing.
In August 2003 during my yearly routine mammogram, a mass was discovered in my left breast. A biopsy was performed and the results provided me with a diagnosis of Ductal Carcinoma Insitu. In September, I had a lumpectomy followed by 33 radiation treatments and a 5 year prescription of Tamoxifen.
I was diagnosed in 2004 with Ductal Carcinoma In-situ at the age of 50. At 63 years young, September will mark my 13th anniversary of becoming a Breast Cancer Survivor. Breast Cancer was my second encounter with the BIG “C”. Back in 1985, at the age of 31, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease...