Cancer Sucks!

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Alright everyone!  I want everyone to take a deep breath in…..hold it, and EXHALE!  I need your full undivided attention!

This is Lisa.

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This is how I remember Lisa.

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Lisa is a fighter, and this is HER story…in her own words.

Sorry I haven’t gotten back to you sooner. I have a hard time thinking that my story is special but I owe you a story as part of my thanks for being so wonderful. This chapter of my life started in November of 2011 when I had my somewhat annual mammogram and the results came back … normal. Move forward 5 months to April 2012 and I noticed lumps that shouldn’t be there and tried to ignore them so they would go away … they didn’t and in May I went to a surgeon thinking they were cysts and he would just drain them for me. He did a needle biopsy to test if it was indeed a cyst. His office called me two days later and told me that I needed to come in … never a good sign. On May 24th, my baby sister’s birthday, I was given the diagnosis of stage 3 triple positive breast cancer. I felt like I had been punched in the stomach and was so grateful that Christy was there to hear the rest because I didn’t hear anything else after that. For the next two weeks I felt like I was walking in a fog, with lots of tears and uncertainty. Then I met with my team of doctors and figured out the treatment plan and more importantly made the decision that I was tired of crying and that this was just a bump in the road. I decided that this was an opportunity to learn about myself and discover inner strength. What I actually learned during chemo, surgery, and radiation is that I have a spectacular support system of family and friends, near and far. Chemo wasn’t fun but the doctors were amazed by how well I responded to chemo and we were all encouraged thinking that this was a once and done. I finished treatment in May of 2013 and checked in with my oncologist every three months and all was good. Until April 25, 2014. I took my 7 year-old nephew bowling for his birthday and the next day I found a new lump under my arm. I thought it was probably scar tissue but decided to ask my doctor about it just to be sure. After about 4 weeks of various tests and finally a surgical biopsy it was determined that my cancer had returned. Just when I finally have enough hair again to complain about. This was completely unexpected but I still plan to kick it’s ass. I’ve completed 30 more rounds of radiation and I begin chemo on October 9, 2014. This isn’t fun and I pray that a cure is found soon to save others from having to suffer loss because of it. However, I am so grateful for the blessings I have experienced and the lessons I have learned. I have an amazing medical team that fights for me, a remarkable family that is always there for me, and more friends than I ever realized. I have an INCREDIBLE life and I have lots more to learn and give.

When I read this story it gives me goosebumps.  I know she’s a fighter, and I pray for her everyday!

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Okay.  Take another deep breath in…….hold it, exhale.  Now everyone go to the top of this page to the October Breast Cancer Awareness tab.  Click, and donate.  Just $1 helps.  100% of all proceeds will go to Lisa, to help fight her fight.  Together we can all make this happen!

GO.

FIGHT.

WIN!

(Love ya, Lisa!)

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