Feature Story: "Overcoming Breast Cancer"



Hello Phenomenals,
Earlier in the month I mentioned that I will be posting things relative to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This post is special because this person is very close to my heart. A while back I interviewed my God Mom about her fight with Breast Cancer. I really wanted to share this story not only because its Breast Cancer month, but because stories like hers need to be heard. Many of you can relate whether you are the victim of breast cancer or the friend and family member that's fighting with them to get through breast cancer. It is also a global issue that is focused in many communities to help prevent breast cancer and encourage all to catch it early.


My interviewee "Diane" is a breast cancer survivor. She has been through the diagnosis, surgery, and treatment for breast cancer. She experienced it firsthand and her story is a credible source.
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"Surviving and Overcoming"

Mrs. Williams, Diane. -- "As a breast cancer survivor the hardest part about treatment was getting up everyday single day." As a breast cancer patient, there are many different things you go through that seems unclear and devastating. Overcoming and surviving it says more about how we strive to fight for our lives and make the best of it every day.

Mrs. Diane Williams, was first diagnosed with breast cancer May 17th, 2005.

"I Found out when my mammogram was done. Before I actually went I felt a spiritual feeling that forced me to make myself go get checked. After the Doctor visit the doctor's office called me while I was at work. My doctor stressed that I needed to come back to get back to get a second mammogram done to double check and make sure that everything is ok. I then signed a paper saying I needed to see them to get second mammogram done. They also they did an ultra sound, to be more accurate. Next, they did a biopsy to cut out the detected spot. I was in the doctor's office alone and found out about my breast cancer."
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Sometimes it's hard for doctors to detect signs of breast cancer with only a mammogram, so they take extra measures to make sure nothing is seriously wrong.

"My first reaction when I found out was tears. I was very upset, and my first thought was why me of all people. Then my second thought was well why not me, I'm not special."

For Mrs. Diane hearing that news devastated her. She didn't know how to bring that news to her family, and during that visit she felt so much pain she didn't know what to do, so she told her family.
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"Everyone I love and cared about was afraid and worried. They tried coping with the situation as best as they can. My daughter took the news the worse. During my treatment she did not like seeing me bald. Kimo treatment caused my hair to fall out and my daughter couldn't except the fact that I would have no hair." I then asked Mrs. Diane what advice would she offer someone in the same position. "You have to talk to your family! Don't leave them questioning what's going on, and don't lie to them. You have to talk to them to give them a better understanding of what you're going through, so that they can be there for you." She said.

"June 6th, I had surgery to remove the spot that was detected in my breast. I had a different option for them to test and use needle treatment for the cancer, but risks were too high and I did not want them poking at me with a needle so I decided to just have it removed. After surgery I received Kimo therapy once a week for a total of six months. After Kimo therapy I had to start radiation treatment. Radiation was done every single day, seven days a week."
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Mrs. Diane was asked what was the most difficult experience during her treatment. "The hardest part about my treatment was telling my family that I had breast cancer. I hated seeing them so worried about my health and it scared me. Also the treatment for Kimo made me even more sick, it took my appetite away and I was completely drained and had no energy, nor did I have the desire to eat. During my time of getting radiation done, it was hard having to get up every single day to go get radiation."

Mrs.Diane empathized, "I would tell whoever is going through this to stay strong, positive, and focused. I know for some that may be hard, but keep your supportive friends and family close. Don't throw them away you need them and they need you. Negative thinking can make your treatment that much harder. You must stay positive and strong!"

Interviewing Mrs. Diane was a privilege. Seeing her proud and healthy made the interview well worth it.
Not many breast cancer patients detect early enough to get treatment and the ending cause is horrific. Prevention and early detection is very important. This will help save more lives, and also give more understanding of the lifestyle factors that can affect your risk of breast cancer. Knowing what you can do should help you stay healthy.

For more information on breast cancer you can visit: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/

 

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