"Do your research and keep a positive attitude. Tackle whatever treatments the doctors recommend. Just take one day at a time. It does get better! Live every day to the fullest!"
I was diagnosed in September of 2005. I had a large tumor. He first did a biopsy and at the time. He was not certain, but thought it was cancer. When the results came back and it was positive, he immediately set me up with an Oncologist Dr. Lo. He was great. We did 8 treatments of chemo and then we did 30 treatments of radiation and then I had surgery. The Hardest part for me, was to loose my hair. I was never and still not a vain person, but I was PROUD of my red hair. And of course, it did not come back that color. Luckily in my case, I never got sick. I did take off the whole time, I did chemo. I came back to work in 2 weeks after my last chemo. I worked during my radiation. My mother had breast cancer and survived 10 years after she was diagnosed. I had a lump and put it off, because I was scared. Never do that! Luckily he took the approach of chemo first. Then let’s see what would be next, because originally it was going to be a mastectomy, but I got away with a lumpectomy instead. So I say to YOU, please get checked out! It doesn’t hurt! My friends and family were great through all of it, especially my husband. He was there the whole time from every doctor’s appointment and every treatment. I live my life to the fullest every day, and I put one foot forward every day and go on. So right now, I am 7 years cancer FREE! I am helping a friend Tammy Manuel which works at Store #560 with me. I give as much advice as she wants, but everyone deals with treatments different.
When and how did you learn that you had breast cancer?
In August of 2005, I discovered I had a lump. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed a few weeks later.
Did you know much about breast when you were diagnosed? Did you have a family history of the disease?
I was familiar with breast cancer. At the time I was diagnosed, my Mom was an eight – year survivor.
How involved was your treatment?
I had eight rounds of chemotherapy (every three weeks), followed by 30 treatments of radiation. After that, I underwent a lumpectomy on one breast.
What were the most important factors that help you through treatment and recovery?
Positive attitude! And, of course, my family and friends!
What did you learn about yourself as you went through this difficult experience?
I learned not to take anything for granted. I also learned to live one day at a time!
How do you feel today? How has your life changed since facing this disease?
I feel great, today! Not much has changed since my illness. I just put one foot forward and move on.