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BREAST CANCER STORIES
There’s a lot to be said for reading someone’s story in his or her own words. It’s as if you can hear in those words the inner strength they’ve gained from their struggles. Take a look at a few and we promise, you won’t go away unmoved. Or you can share your own story to inspire, motivate or comfort others.
Age when diagnosed: First time age 70, second time age 76
Type of breast cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Location: Mercer County
After having breast cancer twice in my life, I was overwhelmed by the love and support that I received. Having breast cancer made me aware of my own strengths and faith. The experience has shown me that God always has a light at the end of my tunnel. As a survivor, Susan G. Komen is essential in my life. It’s not only the monies that Susan G. Komen raises for cancer research; but for me, it has been a nexus of information and support.
I am a volunteer for Susan G. Komen. It’s like an extended family to me. I support Susan G. Komen because they promise to increase screening and mammography to save lives through early detection; especially women in our neediest communities, to end cancer forever. Co-survivors pictured: Leola’s daughter, Denise, and granddaughter, Ava.
Since being diagnosed with breast cancer and going through treatments I think I have become more tolerant of people and situations that would have upset or bothered me before. I think I am more understanding of people, because you don’t know what they are going through. I am a male with breast cancer. I have heard of men getting breast cancer but never thought it would be me. This is my second fight with cancer. In 2007, I was treated for sarcoma in my right foot.
My wife Kathy and I have been participating in the Race for the Cure for more than 15 years. We support Komen because we are strong believers in awareness and early detection saves lives. It did mine. My breast cancer was discovered in April 2012 when I was 54 years old. I completed my treatment in August 2012.
Years of Survivorship: 4
On March 8, 2013 I found out that I was pregnant with a baby girl and on March 9, 2013 I found out that I had breast cancer. I started chemotherapy one week later and had 6 rounds and I delivered a healthy baby girl 2 weeks early. I waited 6 weeks and had a double mastectomy with reconstruction. After that I waited a couple of weeks and had 33 rounds of radiation. After that was over, I waited a couple of months and had a total hysterectomy because I tested positive for the BRCA gene .
Through my journey, I totally relied on my family for everything. My husband was amazing the entire time – he was awesome. My parents, my in-law, sister and my brothers-in-law were all so helpful and amazing.
What my husband always says is that I made it look easy to beat cancer because I never stopped living my life to the fullest! That’s what I do everyday day now !! Enjoy and live life to the fullest!!