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Angela-Breast Cancer

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THE STORY:

I am a 39 year old single mom of two boys ages, 17 & 11. My original breast cancer diagnosis was in 2007 at the age of 32. Treatment included double mastectomy surgery and 9 months of chemotherapy. There was approximately 14 hospital admissions for multiple infections, low blood counts, and dehydration. After after the healing process of over a year, I was able to have a double tram flap reconstruction surgery. My husband decided to leave in the process of it all and I had to file for divorce. My parents moved in with me to care for me and the boys. There were many times that I didnt want to even survive the illness due to the pain but the thoughts of my boys kept me going.

On June 6 of 2013, six years after initial diagnosis, I was diagnosed with a regional breast cancer recurrence of my lymph nodes. An axcillary lymph node dissection surgery immediately followed to remove all remaining lymph nodes under my right arm. Chemotherapy begin on two weeks ago on July 12, 2013. There will be approximately 7 months of treatment that will include both chemotherapy and radiation.

I have to say after all of the above, I am more at peace now than I ever have been. God is good, I am still living, and I want to share joy with as many people that are interested in hearing about it!!

I discovered journaling through an organization named Caring Bridge. This site, www.caringbridge.org, allows me to publicly journal and share my journey as well as for supporters to leave messages for me offering their love and support.

I decided soon after recurrence that I wanted this cancer experience to be worthwhile and I committed myself to being DELIBERATE every day about choosing joy and happiness over fear or failure. It is slowly changing my life, and I have developed my own motto of "Making Cancer Beautiful" embracing my life as it has been dealt and now trying to encourage others to have strength, hope, and happiness. I believe in the power of choice and the power of the human spirit. I choose to be strong because my I make it the only option.
I choose to have hope because God is still in control
I choose to be happy because it is contagious with others and I deserve it!!

I am overwhelmed with the emotions that this cancer experience has allowed me to feel. Its not about having Stage 4 cancer, because cancer is not a life sentence until your journey comes to an end. Mine has just begun!!

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Becky Bennett

Becky Bennett

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Kelly Denzik

Kelly Denzik

4 years ago

Lindsey and Amree Hammons

Lindsey and Amree Hammons

DONATION: $25

God bless you:) You are beautiful inside and out and I can't wait to see your new smile:) 4 years ago