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Diagnosed in December 2012 with Stage 2A bc at the age of 40, I was devastated. Dbl mastectomy in Jan 2013, 4 rounds of chemo, & reconstructive surgeries consumed most of 2013. Somehow, breast cancer brought a peace to my life that I had never known. When the treatments & surgeries ended I celebrated & lived life to the fullest, travelling & focusing on appreciating life & my beautiful 13 year old daughter, Gracie. I went a year with good oncology check ups, then in Nov 2014 I fell and injured my right shoulder. By Feb when the pain hadn't subsided, I finally gave in & went to an orthopedic doctor. Convinced I had torn my rotator cuff, you can imagine my shock when the doctor informed me my x-ray showed a tumor. "You cannot say tumor to a cancer survivor" I informed him. He hung his head & asked for my oncologists phone number. I was now a metastatic breast cancer patient. March 2015 I underwent surgery to remove as much of the bone tumor as possible. In April I learned it was in T-10 of my spine, along with several other spots. I underwent radiation to my spine and right shoulder. iBrance was the newly approved FDA medication for treating metastatic patients, I became the guinea pig of my oncology group. It's been almost 2 years, I have to have monthly blood draws, 21 days of ibrance every month, & an injection each month, it's not progressing & I'm living life to the fullest! When diagnosed metastatic I was angry, but I refuse to ever give up my fight or to spend one moment being negative. I have a beautiful daughter who dreams of going to college because she wants to do something in the medical field with cancer research & cure. She's my driving force. I believe a positive attitude is everything. I enjoy taking every opportunity to speak about breast cancer, reach out to other survivors, & promote awareness. Because of my diagnosis, I've learned what truly matters in life & I am blessed beyond belief. Thank you for your consideration.
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Si vis pacem, para bellum
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