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Survivor Story: The Stages of Breast Cancer - Cool Gear Blog
A Positive Life: I was 47 with a wonderful husband and 3 daughters ages 24, 23 and 14. Who would have thought that being Asian, a breast feeding mom, a nonsmoker and never drinking alcohol, that my mammogram would show a malignant shadow? It was the summer of 2001 at my yearly mammogram when two radiologists found a tiny suspicious spot – this office does double read mammograms (two sets of eyes are better than one). An ultrasound was followed by a stereotactic biopsy with the insertion of a metal clip marker; I knew then that this could be something more. Why mark the spot unless you need to revisit it? The path report found the spot to be malignant, and soon a lumpectomy followed. My surgeon was in awe that I tested positive for cancer; I could tell in the appointment that she was at a loss for words, me too. With all of the positives on my side, this was not to be, I’m only 47 I thought to myself. My words to the surgeon after the daunting “you have cancer” was “who do I know that’s living?” I thought of two friends that were still alive after their diagnosis and thinking of them turned …