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Brenda's Story

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My journey with cancer started Febrary 8, 2002. I felt a lump about the size of a quarter.  I knew something was not right so I called my doctor.  My doctor got me right in, and she told me that she felt I had a monster growing.  

My doctor called the breast center.  They got me right in and did a mammogram that day.  The nurse told me I would need to see a surgeon right away.  Not only did I have a lump in the right one, I had one that could not be felt in the left one also.  I had a needle biopsy on the right breast and it came back that I had cancer.  I had to do an outpatient procedure on the left one it came back cancer free, praise God. 

On March 8, 2002, I had a radical mastectomy with only one lymph node involved.  It was not estrogen fed.  I started my chemo four weeks later.  I had to have four rounds of chemo. Sick I was for about three days, but with God's grace He got me through: every need was met and everything went very well.  

I want to give God all the glory for my healing. I want to give my husband, my family, my friends, and my church family, a great big thank you for all the help they gave me during this year and all the prayers that went up. I felt every one of them.  You know, for my husband's part even though I was the one that had the cancer, he hurt just as bad because he felt so helpless.  I tell him all the time that he was my number one supporter. He stood beside me all the way and still does. 

I can remember the day they took the bandages away.  I was smiling and the nurse told me that usually that is when it hits you the hardest.  I said to her, "I have my life. I am so thankful for that."  She just smiled and she said, "You are right.

You know, through this whole journey, God just put me the hands of Godly people and I thank him for that.  Every need was met.  Praise God.  Six years cancer free this March!

Brenda

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