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I was 24years old when I heard the words "YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER" will need surgery, Chemotherapy, and would probably never be able to conceive another child. I had really no idea what that meant for me, my future and with my 4 year old little boy.
I had no time to feel afraid everything happened so quickly within 1 week I had my first surgery starting with a lumpectomy. The surgery was 3 days before my son's pre-school graduation. There I was with my bandages and three drainage tubes (would not have missed that for anything in the world).
I got the news a couple days after the lumpectomy that I would now need a mastectomy because the cancer had spread a bit more and would need to get my whole breast removed, well by the second week there I was again having another surgery for the mastectomy.
I started Chemotherapy about a month or so after, I did not know what to expect other then what I saw in the movies. I did not expect that by the second treatment my veins would be shot out and remember being poked 27 times to try to find a vein (no luck). I now needed a port placed to get my chemo. Had my other surgery for my port placement.
I spent my 25th birthday on a chair getting chemotherapy and on Christmas Day getting my last Chemo.
Having to go through this was not always easy there are so many feelings that come along with it, I had my good days, my emotional days but when you have a great team behind you like the Doctor’s I had that were so great throughout my journey Dr. K Miller (Primary) Dr. R Latimer (Surgeon) Dr. D Mackenzie (plastic surgeon) for all my reconstructive surgeries and the GREAT Dr. G Newman my (oncologist) which he will never forget me as I was his youngest patient yet, the staff and of course My wonder friends and family that made things easier and brighter for me.
I just celebrated my 16 years ‘CANCER FREE’ anniversary this past Christmas Day.
I am now 41 years old, have 2 lovely children my son Paul is now about to turn 22 years old and my daughter Suriana will be turning 13 years old…
I am still going ‘STRONG’
LIFE IS GREAT and look forward to more Cancer free days…
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Barbara Ireland Walk and Run for Breast Cancer goes directly towards research, genetic counseling, and supportive care programs for breast cancer patients at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. These programs are instrumental in widening the impact of Ridley-Tree Cancer Center
I am also happy to share that I was part of a clinical trial study with a type of chemo called Herceptin, which is now a protocol and has worked great for many.
So let us help give this gift to other’s...
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