With one in eight women being diagnosed, breast cancer has impacted countless lives. Below are your stories of survival, inspiration, remembrance and hope.
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My breast cancer was discovered by a yearly mammogram and was caught early because of that. I urge all woman to be diligent about mammograms! ~ Donita Rodarmel, Williamsport. Six years cancer free!
I am a son to a wonderful mother who fought breast cancer twice and won. I strongly believe that her faith in god and strong will to live played a big role. So with this being said, to all those who are fighting or been diagnosed with breast cancer, a strong faith in god and a strong will to and a lot of perseverence goes a long way. ~ Ross Tucker
My grammy died of breast cancer 13 years ago, she had an aggressive type or breast cancer but she was a fighter. On July 16, 2011, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was heart wrenching to think that my own mother has cancer. My mom is a strong person, she had a bi-lateral mastectomy done due to the fact after her lumpectomy showed her margins weren't cleared. Dr. Evans has been a wonderful help with this hard time in our family life.
I was dianosed with Breast Cancer when I was 47. I was diagnosed with stage II B. I had to have three operations, 8 cycles of chemo and 30 days of radiation.
The kindness of staff when I received my chemo and the personal caring meant so much to me.
Breast cancer is such a personal affront to a woman and support means so much. When I see the support of the GHS staff by wearing pink it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Thanks to everyone who sees the patient as a mother, sister, daughter and not as a number.
My mother passed away from breast cancer after a 3 year battle when I was 8. My Aunt took care of me when my mom was ill and she passed away from breast cancer 2 years later. Since then, my oldest sister was diagnosed, suffered for years and passed away in 1987, my older sister was diagnosed at age 38 and is a survivor of both breast and uterine cancer. A total of almost a dozen women in my family have had breast cancer, 2 have survived, mostly because they were diagnosed early. Twenty years ago my Dr. discovered a lump on my breast when I was 25, just a few months after I had my first child. After a biopsy I found out my lump was benign, but my Dr. thankfully suggested a proplylactic bilateral mastectomy which he fought the insurance company for and which I got later that year. I found out a few years ago at GMC that I, my sister, and my niece are BRAC1 positive which means we have a mutated gene and predisposition to breast cancer. Hopefully my girls will not endure the rath of breast cancer in the future as we search for a cure.
I was 35 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My son was only 18 months old so the first thing I thought was of him & the fact that I might not be able to watch him grow up. But after that first phone call with my doctor, I stayed positive & went through the surgery, chemo & radiation with basically no real issues. I had so much support from family, friends & co-workers. I met a lot of great people through the whole experience & am proud to say that I am a 7 year survivor.
It has been six years since my aunt past away from breast cancer and my grandmother diagnosed.
My aunt was first diagnosed about 10 years ago. After undergoing chemo and radiation therapy she was in remission for 2 years before the cancer came back. By the time it was found again the cancer had already metastasized to her lungs. She was a fighter and survived months longer than expected… it was important to her that she was there to celebrate her two sons’ birthdays and also see her oldest daughter graduate….that desire to be there for those milestones is what drove her to keep fighting. But after fighting for so long, she past away on a summer morning with her children, sister and her sister-in-law (my mom) by her side.
It was not long after my aunt’s passing that my grandmother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at the age of 70. After the tragedy of losing my aunt to breast cancer this was the worst imaginable news. Although we remained positive for my grandmother, we were all terrified; the thought of losing her brought me to tears. She underwent treatment at Geisinger and I’m thrilled to say that it has been 5 years since her last treatment and she is now officially cancer free!
My 47 year old sister in law lost her two year battle with Breast Cancer three years ago. She left behind two beautiful daughters, aged 13 and 15, and her husband, my brother. In her place remains her beautiful memories and an indescribable sadness and emptiness, never to be filled.
Karen was six months behind on her mamograms when a pea sized lump was found. It was determined to be a very aggressive form of Breast Cancer - stage 4. In her young to teen years, Karen was a professional skater. Her mom made her costumes,dad drove their RV from location to location to keep up with his little girl dream.
As an adult, Karen was a healthy, fit, active woman; as an elementary school teacher, her students loved her, with good reason. As a wife and mother she religiously attended her daughters activities. She also loved attending the high school girls basketball games to support her husband as he coached. Biking, camping, walking and reading were a few of her regular activities. In addition to being a Dale Earnhardt and then Dale Ernhardt Jr nascar enthusiast, she also loved the Boston Red Sox, because her husband is a New York Yankee fan - she loved the competition.
To understand what breast cancer can do, not only to the person that it attacks, but to those that she loved and interacted with on a regular basis, cannot be summarized, the pain and loneliness never end. Yes, life goes on, her daughters went to their first dance, dates, and her oldest to college, dad was, and continues to be great, the void remains for all.
A mother's and wife's love cannot be substituted. We must win this fight, for all our mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, aunts and cousins, etc. as there is not greater love to be lost.