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Fighting For My Life: My Breast Cancer Story
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Fighting for My Life: My Breast Cancer Story

Six months ago I was a different person.

I didn't have the title "Breast Cancer" hanging over my head. I was like you, living my life, day by day. Taking care of my family, the household, working on my career. Answering the usual "How are you today?" at the grocery store with "Fine, and you?". Nothing hanging over my head, weighing me down.

Then I went for my annual physical with my nurse practitioner, Gretchen. She, as usual, hounded me. "Amy, with your family history of breast cancer, you really need to get a mammogram". I balked at the idea. "I'm healthy! I just turned 40!" But something indside me said to heed her warning. So off I went a few days later.

I was like "No big deal, just get it over with, come back in a few years." Nope, that's not how it went down. After the first set of pictures I had to wait for the technician's interpretation and the "All clear". Well, they called me back for a few more pictures on the left. Then I had to wait to talk to an actual DOCTOR.

"I see what appears to be some calcifications on the left" as he showed me a picture of my breast (how wonderful!) all lit up on an x-ray screen. "They could be DCIS". I had no idea what that was (and I'm a nurse, but I care for old folks!). Come to find out it was ductal carcinoma in situ.

This is when I was hoping Jesus was carrying me, because I certainly only saw 2 footprints in the sand.

The past few months have been a whirlwind. I've had a needle core biopsy, MRI, more mammograms, blood tests, physicals, doctor's appointments too numerous to mention. A lumpectomy which my surgeon declared right after surgery "Looks great! Looks like you're all clear!"

Well, nope again.

At the follow up appointment she came into the room as my husband and I were laughing and joking around. We were thrilled, thinking the cancer was gone and "all" I'd have to do is radiation and a medication to keep the cancer away.

She said "Well, it ends up we found more cancer when we carved the clean margins. We found an area of stage 1. This means you may have to do radiation AND chemo."

Dear God, how much more do you expect me to take?

Now I am at the precipice of a journey.

A week from today I find out my oncotype score. This is a test done to determine the aggressive, reccurent nature of my cancer. If it comes back below a 20, I am NOT doing chemo. Just radiation and a medication to prevent recurrence.

20 or above, it will be chemo and radiation.

I have already started Essiac Tea, an herbal cancer remedy from Canada. I met someone who has survived the last 20 years from her death bed with colon cancer who introduced me to this. She continues to pass it on to others, and has helped others thrive with cancer.

I found a doctor to administer mistletoe to me as well, working in conjunction with my doctors.

Oh, and I found a way to save my hair if I have to do chemo!

They are called "Elasto-Gel Cold Caps". I hate to be cold, but it freezes your scalp before, during, and after chemo, and prevents most of the hair loss associated with it. Yes, I may lose my eyebrows and lashes, but I'll be damned if I'm losing my long blonde mane!

I can't begin to mention the impact this has had on my family and friends. That is another article. You really know who loves you when a crisis occurs. People you think have black hearts suddenly have light shining from them!

In the meantime, I am starting a new job supervising in an Assisted Living Facility that I am thrilled about! And I am continuing to work on my senior care/health and wellness website at Wealthy Affiliate.

I have lots of living to do, this cancer needs to get out of the way, because I am going to kick its ass!


Street Talk

I love your attitude!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for sharing Amy. It sounds like you have the right attitude. You will be in our prayers

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Thank you John! Every prayer makes a difference!

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  about 1 decade ago

Amy, thank you so much for putting your heart on the line by sharing your personal story. Many thoughts and prayers are going out to you. In my wellness center, we took care of many patients with cancer....many with stage 4. You are a nurse. I know you've seen the miraculous things the human body can do. You can have a full healing. Of this, I am certain. Here is some unasked for advice: DO NOT eat simple carbs (sugar, pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, etc) This FEEDS cancer. You want to starve it to death. Also, avoid red meat and dairy. Very difficult on your body while trying to fight cancer. Only organic foods. It makes no sense adding additional poison to your body in the form of pesticides and herbicides while you are fighting for your life. If you don't have an organic grocery store in your area, google Local Harvest to find an organic farm in your area. Several empowering movies that chronicle patients who overcame cancer. Two of my favorites are Dying To Have Known and The Gerson Miracle. Both of these movies are available via instant stream on Netflix. I will be happy to give you any additional information you might need or want. (In my initial post, I tried to give you my e-mail address. It got booted back. I am hoping this will work, in a round about way. My email account is set up on gmail. My user name is AskDrBecky1.) I hope you can figure out my email address from those clues. Please feel free to contact me at any time. I'm here to help.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Thank you so much Dr. Becky! Carbs are my first love...I can live without red meat; hardly ever eat it. I appreciate your help and I will definately find and watch those movies! All your info, I just can't thank you enough!

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  about 1 decade ago

You go girl! Kick ass and take names!

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Thank you Lacey! I am kicking "its" ass! Then I want to help others kick "its" ass too, when I'm over my battle.

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  about 1 decade ago

Great plan!

  
  about 1 decade ago
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