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  Priscilla
Initial Discovery and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

"There's no way to get through the initial shock, but you get through it, you just plain get through it. And if your way is to cry, you cry. If you need to call somebody, you call somebody.    more...



  Jessie
Initial Discovery and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

"From this experience I learned that you're still a woman... life still goes on. You can do the same things you did before. In fact, I'm doing more than I ever have.    more...



  Louise
Initial Discovery and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

"I'm happy to be alive and I'm happy to know that I'm okay. And, life is good. Just because you get a little setback now and then, does not mean that it's not good and you have to look at the positive.    more...



  Patty
Initial Discovery and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer >

"I've talked to a lot of women after they are diagnosed, and the big question is 'Why did I get it?' And you almost obsess over that. And maybe that's part of the process, obsessing.    more...



  Nancy
Initial Discovery and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

"She [the doctor] treated the whole family. And I think it was really, really important because it wasn't just me dealing with cancer. You know, there were three people in the house that were dealing with it at the time.    more...



  Teresa
Initial Discovery and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

"I think a relationship with your doctor has everything to do with your recovery. If you donít have faith in your doctor and if you donít feel comfortable enough with your doctor to discuss you fears, your concerns, then youíre never really going to be on the right path.    more...



  Brenda
Initial Discovery and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

"I know I felt a lot stronger when everybody kept telling me, ďHang in there. Weíre praying for you.Ē Prayer is what got me through everything."



  Bertha and son
Family Support

"You have to follow their lead in terms of what it is that they want. You can't give a person something that you think that they need. You know you just have to be a family.    more...



  Paulette and parents
Family Support

"Did I feel as though there was a time that my family was not understanding what I was experiencing? I have to say all the time because they don't. Even though they are there for me in every way, in any way, emotionally, physically, they're not the ones who were diagnosed with breast cancer.    more...



  Joan and friend
Family Support

"I learned that people are much stronger than you expect them to be. And, I'm the kind of person who always thinks that they need to take care of everything.    more...



  Carolyn & daughter
Family Support

"It wasn't my fault what my children had to go through, but it was out of my control, and I was trying to control it the best way I could, and I mucked up a lot of things.    more...



  Diane and Tom
Intimacy

"I also began to define my own sexuality and I had to do that in order to feel sexual, and I'm still in the process of doing that.

What does intimacy really mean to me?    more...



  Louise
Intimacy

"I did lose my hair and had a cute little wig. And, of course, making love with a wig on isn't the easiest thing you've ever tried to do."



  Valerie and Bob
Intimacy

"I still felt good about myself. I felt like I looked good. And it was because of him when he'd say, Okay Honey, you look nice today."



  Elyse and Pat
Intimacy

"Well, after all these years I've gained a lot of weight and lost a lot of hair, and she still pretends she finds me desirable. So that's nice to hear.    more...



  Terry
Chemotherapy

"Those 45 minutes of my first chemotherapy session was probably the loneliest time of my life... But all of a sudden, I thought of all the things before me - How I lived, where I was, what I did.    more...



  Paulette
Chemotherapy

"Strength is what I truly, truly learned about myself - that I can endure, that I can get through it - that though the road seems very, very, very bleak at times, that time will pass and you'll come out on the other side.    more...



  Milagros
Chemotherapy

"When I started having chemotherapy, well, they explained everything to me and I tried to work together with my doctor, like he told me if I got sick, let him know right away, so that way they can just make me feel better and thatís the way it was.    more...



  Joan
Chemotherapy

"Don't worry about your hair, that's the least of your problems. I see a lot of people that, you know, really have a lot of trouble with that and boy.    more...



  Ginx
Chemotherapy

"I always felt that chemotherapy was good for me. I mean, I think I was lucky in that I didn't have a lot of serious side effects, but I always felt that it was necessary for me to have it to get rid of any cancer cells that were still there.    more...



  Bertha
Chemotherapy

"My pastor was very much a part of my whole involvement in dealing with cancer, and he was always there for me. And he would be there whenever I needed him.    more...



  Kathy
Young Women and Breast Cancer

ďWhen I see women now diagnosed that are older and they tell me Iíve been married for 40 years, Iíve been married for 30 years to this man you can see that they are truly in love and they are very supportive of each other and there is probably not that fear that he may walk out or the relationship is going to fall apart because of this diagnosis.    more...



  Pam
Young Women and Breast Cancer

"My relationship with my father during this time, we became more close, because again, it was, it was about mortality. Heís at the end of his completion of life and I never thought about it.    more...



  Sonya
Young Women and Breast Cancer

"My diagnosis was unusual because I was so young, first of all, I was only twenty-four and I had started bleeding from my nipple and when I went to my doctors they told me it was normal, it was just hormones and I didnít believe them.    more...



  Veronica
Young Women and Breast Cancer

"Iíve got to be here for my kids. Theyíre only two and four years old. I donít want them to have another mommy, I want to be here for them so that was tough.    more...



  Paulette
Young Women and Breast Cancer

"My body image has been nothing but positively affected by breast cancer because I had reconstructive surgery.

I had to have a mastectomy but I had reconstructive surgery by the means of what is called a trans flap where I got a tummy tuck.    more...



  Mari
Surgical Choices

"Looking at the mammogram x-rays appeared to have several spots in different areas and that's why I chose to go with a total mastectomy."



  Rebecca
Surgical Choices

"I would ask specific questions of the plastic surgeon about the downside of the surgery, bad outcomes that his patients have had. Ignore the fact that he may have had a very small number of these.    more...



  Valerie
Surgical Choices

"When I look at it every day and at first I thought, oh my god I have this ugly scar but it's not ugly it's beautiful."



   Milagros
Surgical Choices

"Every day I sit down and I write six good things that I am thankful for. The day I got diagnosed I sat down and I said what am I going to write about today... It was amazing. I wrote down more than 12 things. I was thankful for...    more...



  Dr. Thelma Hurd
Breast Surgeon / Roswell Park Cancer Institute

"It is important to learn as much as you possibly can about breast cancer before you undergo surgery. You want to be clear in your decisions about surgery so that if you experience recurrence in the future you will not have second thoughts about surgical treatment you chose.    more...



  Theresa
Recurrence and Metastasis

"Having had cancer is the best thing that happened. It sounds strange I guess and sometimes when I go to the support group and I say that in front of someone that was just diagnosed they think that Iím crazy but I think itís the best thing that happened to me because it made be realize that life is not just going to work, sitting in front of a computer, coming back home, doing things for other people, being involved in the community.    more...



  Polly
Recurrence and Metastasis

"One of the saddest things is when somebody says, why me? My answer is why not you, you know, somebody, it seems so sad to think that youíre a victim and so I think that you have to say I have cancer, now what am I going to do about it.    more...



  Wendy
Recurrence and Metastasis

"Emotionally and mentally I see life very differently. I have always kind of been someone who stopped and smelled the roses and did not really put too much weight on material objects or things like that but now I go completely the extreme of that and it is just really all about spending time with people and spending time with my child and my husband and my family.    more...



  Cheryl
Recurrence and Metastasis

"A cancer diagnosis for me was hugely eye opening. I had just turned forty and I had projected my twenty years of young adult life toward that moment.    more...



  Liya
Recurrence and Metastasis

"I went years as I said, at times, without having the cancer and even though I have had three or four metastases I donít feel that itís a chronic disease.    more...



  Cathy
Hormone Therapy

"I learned about myself that, like it or not, I can take more negative things happening to me than I ever thought possible. If you had told me that all this would have unfolded, you know, ten years ago, I would say, I am not having chemo, I am not having this.    more...



  Ivis
Hormone Therapy

"What helped me get through the five years of hormone therapy? There are two answers to that. It is called Christopher and Ian. They are my two boys that I absolutely adore, and every time I wanted to give up, every time that I just was unsure, I would remind myself that I want to be there to raise the two boys.    more...



  Patty
Hormone Therapy

"The best advice that I have for women who are about to embark on any treatment, whatever treatment they choose for hormone therapy, once you have chosen a doctor or a medical team, that you trust them, you just rely on their advice.    more...



  Babs
Hormone Therapy

"I guess for some, asking questions of their doctor is scary. It was for me at first. I was afraid if I asked too many questions he would get angry at me, and I would pay some price for that, but that was not my experience with the doctors I dealt with.    more...



  Elise
Radiation

When I was told that radiation was part of my treatment, I do not want to say I was thrilled, but I was happy the more things that I could do to try to get rid of the cancer that was inside of my bodyÖ I felt proactive by doing more and not so helpless in terms of being able to fight it.    more...



  Terry
Radiation

Because radiation is kind of invisible and there is a lot of hope involved and there are possible side effects and there are also lots of benefits, so you kind of learn how to trust, how to pray in a way.    more...



  Ellen
Radiation

Radiation is powerful therapy and we tend to, in my mind I tend to associate it with the negative with death and destruction. I have learned to associate it with something very powerful and something very, very helpful.    more...



  Bertha
Life After Breast Cancer

Once I have treatment that is the end of that story, that is just the way I look at it. I do not go through treatment to carry it with me. When I had cancer and they did this and I have that and I have radiation and I was on the treatment.    more...



  Paulette
Life After Breast Cancer

The most significant thing that I would tell a newly diagnosed woman is that not only is there life after breast cancer, but there is abundant life after breast cancer.    more...



  Rebecca
Life After Breast Cancer

Science and medical providers can get you only so far. They will get you as far as science and medical techniques will take you. The patientís responsibility is to make the best life possible in the context of the treatment.    more...



  Cathy
Life After Breast Cancer

I guess I would say to people do not isolate yourself in a silo. Donít stay in there and Ďthis is what I wantí, you know. ĎI am just going to stay in here and I will be in here until I heal and then I will come outí.    more...



  Theresa
Life After Breast Cancer

Cancer is not the end of the world. Cancer is not the end of your life. And having cancer doesnít mean that you canít reach other people, you can help a lot.    more...