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9/7/08 7:45 P

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Thanks for sharing your story, it takes a lot of courage. I wish you the best in your future, much happiness and good health to you.

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9/7/08 4:36 P

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I have been going for yearly screenings for about 7 years now, and always have been told that my breasts were "dense" not uncommon for "younger" women. This year something showed up on my left mammogram, and after further testing they couldn't be sure which (of about 40 cysts) it was and therefore couldn't do a biopsy. The doctor that I work for sent me for an MRI, which showed cancer in the OPPOSITE breast, much to our surprise!

So after a hemi mastectomy (which tissue has filled in, can't even tell that I had 1/2 of my breast removed), lymph node disection (the sentinel node was microscopically positive) and a port infection (used it twice before it had to be removed, was supposed to use it for a full year, oh well), I moved on to chemo (6 cycles) Herceptin infusions (Her2 positive) and radiation. Worked full time during this, also continued training in karate and was able to earn my full black belt during radiation. Too stubborn to give up, I guess.

I work in Radiation and am happy to share my experience with my patients, I gave up wearing my wig a couple of months back, so it's obvious that I'm one of "them" and they feel comfortable talking with me, which I love!

So basically I am praising God for the benign cyst that appeared on the left side so that they could find the cancer on the right side!

Suzanne

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9/7/08 8:34 A

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Welcome to the team LadyBeth!

Keep on hounding those friends! I have one that will only go if I take her, so we make that day out every year. Do the mammo, go out for lunch, and go shopping.

Glad to hear you are doing well. My story is quite similar, so I know how you feel.


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9/7/08 7:23 A

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I was diagnosed with bc on Feb 3, 2006 after going for my very first mammogram ever. I had no lump but my doctor had said it was time I had one. The cancer was so very small they said it could have easily been missed but the doctor who read the film didn't like something about the shape. I had a core needle biopsy and then a lumpectomy. When I went to have my staples out the surgeon told me it was invasive so I had to go in hospital again and have 9 lymph nodes removed. Fortunately they were clear. I had 6 weeks of radiation and now am on tamoxifen. I was so lucky to have my cancer picked up so quickly and I have been urging all my friends to have mammograms...I even marched my best friend down to the mammogram unit to make an appointment while I was in hospital after having the nodes removed. She would never go before I was diagnosed. So far I am in the clear and thanking God every day for it.

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