Join Me in Honoring Myself and my sister
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Myself and my sister is one of those people. Now we are celebrating her courageous fight against breast cancer. To honor Myself and my sister and to celebrate how far she has come, I have decided to support Susan G. Komen in their fight against breast cancer.
Please help me honor Myself and my sister by raising funds to support Susan G. Komen so they can provide education, screening and treatment programs for women and men in our community, and support cutting-edge research so that one day we can live in a world without breast cancer.
As the world’s largest and most impactful breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen supports more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside the U.S. government, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.
You can make a donation online with your credit card by clicking the button above my fundraising thermometer.
Thank you for your generous support and for helping me honor Myself and my sister.
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Your Life Changes
I was living my life just life everyone else does. Going to work and coming home. Just doing the same thing. Then one day I go to my doctor for my yearly exam and she tells me she wants me to go get a mammogram. I was 47 and had not had one since I was 21 which was understandable. This was the end of April 2014. The mammogram detected a small anomaly so the doctor wanted me to have a needle biopsy. This biopsy was scheduled for May 8, 2014. I was told the results would be back in about 7 - 10 days. However, by the end of the day on May 9 I received a call from the doctors office informing me that I had breast cancer. I don't know if it was shock or what, but I did not cry I just said ok now what. So they scheduled me to come in and talk with all the doctors; surgeons, oncologists, etc. the very next week. No sooner did I get off the phone did my son's girlfriend get home from work and I told her what was going on. She asked me if I had called him to tell him the results. I said no I could not tell him this over the phone, so we got in her car and went to his job. Thankfully his has understanding bosses. We located him and told him what the results were and the look in his eyes even to this day remembering just killed me. However, all he did was give me a hug and tell me everything was going to be fine and we would get through it. He told me to wait right there and he went and told his manager what was going on and being the person his manager was his manager told him whatever he needed to do to help me get through what I was going to be going through they would stand behind him.
Well, on June 18, 2014 I had a bi-lateral mastectomy. The cancer was only in my right breast but I did not want a lumpectomy because I did not to have to go through that again so I chose to mastectomy. The oncologist put off the chemotherapy sessions for six weeks to give my body a chance to heal somewhat from the surgery because she told me she was going to have to be giving me so extremely aggressive chemotherapy. I was Stage 1, Grade 3, but I was a Double Negative which meant that I had nothing in my body that would help fight against the cancer cells.
I received my first treatment of chemotherapy and within three days I was extremely sick. I had a constant temperature of 106 and they admitted me into the hospital. I stayed there for a week. Before my second treatment of chemotherapy I was completely bald. This is when I knew for sure the whole ordeal of me having to fight cancer was affecting my son because he asked me to either wear a hat, scarf, or a wig when he was home because it really bothered him to see me not only flat chested, but now I was also bald. It really hit him that the mother that he always saw as a strong self sufficient person had been knocked down by this awful thing.
However, here I am three years later and I am still kicking.
by Debra Anderson on Tue, Oct 03, 2017 @ 1:01 PM
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