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Please make a tax-deductible gift to beat Cancer

I would like to raise as much money as I can to support the American Cancer Socity in hopes of finding a cure for Breast Cancer as well as all forms of this deadly disease.

 

 A cancer patient name Leah that I met who's diagnosed April 16, 2012 with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). Help her financially to take off the stress of medical expenses.

 

Leah wanted me to share her story with everyone who wanted to hear her story and who's going through the same thing she's going through.

 

Hi! My name is Leah.  I am 41 years old and still fighting for my life.  I was diagnosed April 16, 2012 with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC).  While vacationing at a state park lodge with my husband and two sons, I noticed a rash on my left breast.  

The next morning the breast was so swollen that it would not fit inside my bra.  I went home, celebrated Easter Sunday with the family and promptly called my family doctor on Monday morning.  12 days later, 18 doctor appointments later, lots of poking, prodding, and many scans and tests, I was diagnosed and had a chemo port surgically implanted into my chest and began chemo.  I was told Inflammatory Breast Cancer is the deadliest, most aggressive form of breast cancer there is, 2% of all Breast cancers.  WHY ME???? 

Once I received the PET scan results, cancer was nowhere else in my body, I set out on a whole new path.  To fight this cancer, beat it and continue to live here with my family.  I have 2 sons to finish raising and see my grandchildren someday.  I had chemo (Adriamycin Cytoxin and Taxol) from April thru August.  Modified radical left mastectomy on September 1, and began 38 rounds of radiation treatments the end of October.  I am Estrogen Negative and HER2 which puts me at a very high risk for recurrence.  I am taking weekly infusions (in my chemo port) of Herceptin to try to fight off recurrence.  

I was bald for nearly 7 months and will never proclaim to have a bad hair day ever again! LOL  I was so sick that getting out of bed was not even an option on chemo weekends.  But, my pathology report was fantastic and my genetic testing showed no genetic mutation to raise concerns.  

I am very positive and have been from the start.  I have talked to my cancer from day one and told it that it was not welcome in my body, and that the chemo and I were killing it.  My family, friends and team of doctors have been an incredible support for me.  I am incredibly blessed to have them all standing beside me every step of the way.  Life is short - and cancer puts a whole new perspective on EVERYTHING! The clouds look totally different every morning and I approach life with a NEW NORMAL - never to be NORMAL again.  Life is a true gift - cherish it!!!

 

               Sponsor Me and Join the Movement

With the support of people like you, the American Cancer Society is able to address the challenges of each person whose life is affected by IBC and help them stay connected to the great big moving world. Join the collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about IBC now by making a contribution to American Cancer Society on my behalf. Working together, we can do even more to build a movement by and for people with IBC that will move us closer to a world free of this disease.

 

The money collected will go towards helping Cancer Patients like Leah and research in finding a cure. All of the money will be given to cancer patients help fight IBC and the American Cancer Society. 

 

 How is breast cancer diagnosed?

Breast cancer is sometimes found after symtoms appear, but many women with early breast cancer have no symptoms. This is why getting the recommended screening tests (as described in the section, 'Can Breast Cancer be found early!?") before any symptoms develop is so important.

If something suspicious is found during a screening exam, or if you have any of the symptoms of breast cancer described below, your doctor will use one or more methods to find out if the disease is present. If cancer is found, other tests will be done to determine the stage (extent) of the cancer.

Signs and symptoms

Widespread use of screening mammograms has increased the number of breast cancers found before they cause any symptoms. Still, some breast cancers are not found by mammogram, either because the test was not done or because, even under ideal conditions, mammograms do not find every breast cancer.

The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful. For this reason, it is important to have any new breast mass or lump checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.

Other possible  signs of breast cancer include:

  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)

Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt.

 

Please make a tax-deductible gift to beat Cancer

I would like to raise as much money as I can to support the American by I Want This" href="http://www.gofundme.com/HELP-BEAT-CANCER#">Cancer Society in hopes of finding a by I Want This" href="http://www.gofundme.com/thevinylexchange#">cure for Breast Cancer as well as all forms of this deadly disease.

 

 A cancer patient name Leah that I met who's diagnosed April 16, 2012 with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). Help her financially to take off the stress of medical expenses.

 

Leah wanted me to share her story with everyone who wanted to hear her story and who's going through the same thing she's going through.

 

Hi! My name is Leah.  I am 41 years old and still fighting for my life.  I was diagnosed April 16, 2012 with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC).  While vacationing at a state park lodge with my husband and two sons, I noticed a by I Want This" href="http://www.pinkribbonshop.com/survivor_stories/breast_cancer_survivor_alyson.htm#">rash on my left breast.  

The by I Want This" href="http://www.gofundme.com/HELP-BEAT-CANCER#">next morning the breast was so swollen that it would not fit inside my bra.  I went home, celebrated Easter Sunday with the family and promptly called my family doctor on Monday morning.  12 days later, 18 doctor appointments later, lots of poking, prodding, and many scans and tests, I was diagnosed and had a chemo port surgically implanted into my chest and began chemo.  I was told Inflammatory Breast Cancer is the deadliest, most aggressive form of breast cancer there is, 2% of all Breast cancers.  WHY ME???? 

Once I received the PET scan results, cancer was nowhere else in my body, I set out on a whole new path.  To fight this cancer, beat it and by I Want This" href="http://www.gofundme.com/HELP-BEAT-CANCER#">continue to live here with my family.  I have 2 sons to finish raising and see my grandchildren someday.  I had chemo (Adriamycin Cytoxin and Taxol) from April thru August.  Modified radical left mastectomy on September 1, and began 38 rounds of radiation treatments the end of October.  I am Estrogen Negative and HER2 which puts me at a very high risk for recurrence.  I am taking weekly infusions (in my chemo port) of Herceptin to try to fight off recurrence.  

I was bald for nearly 7 months and will never proclaim to have a bad hair day ever again! LOL  I was so sick that getting out of bed was not even an option on chemo weekends.  But, my pathology report was fantastic and my genetic testing showed no genetic mutation to raise concerns.  

I am very positive and have been from the by I Want This" href="http://www.gofundme.com/HELP-BEAT-CANCER#">start.  I have talked to my cancer from day one and told it that it was not welcome in my body, and that the chemo and I were killing it.  My family, friends and team of doctors have been an incredible support for me.  I am incredibly blessed to have them all standing beside me every step of the way.  Life is short - and cancer puts a whole new perspective on EVERYTHING! The clouds look totally different every morning and I approach life with a NEW NORMAL - never to be NORMAL again.  Life is a true by I Want This" href="http://www.pinkribbonshop.com/survivor_stories/breast_cancer_survivor_alyson.htm#">gift - cherish it!!!

 

               Sponsor Me and Join the Movement

With the support of people like you, the American Cancer Society is able to address the challenges of each person whose life is affected by IBC and help them stay connected to the great big moving world. Join the collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about IBC now by making a contribution to American Cancer Society on my behalf. Working together, we can do even more to build a movement by and for people with IBC that will move us closer to a world free of this disease.

 

The money collected will go towards helping Cancer Patients like Leah and research in finding a cure. All of the money will be given to cancer patients help fight IBC and the American by I Want This" href="http://www.gofundme.com/thevinylexchange#">Cancer Society.

 

 How is breast cancer diagnosed?

Breast cancer is sometimes found after by I Want This" href="http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-diagnosis#">symptoms appear, but many women with early breast cancer have no symptoms. This is why getting the recommended screening tests (as described in the section, "Can breast cancer be found early?") before any symptoms develop is so important.

If something suspicious is found during a screening exam, or if you have any of the symptoms of breast cancer described below, your doctor will use one or more methods to find out if the disease is present. If cancer is found, other tests will be done to determine the stage (extent) of the cancer.

Signs and symptoms

Widespread use of screening mammograms has increased the number of breast cancers found before they cause any symptoms. Still, some breast cancers are not found by mammogram, either because the test was not done or because, even under ideal conditions, mammograms do not find every breast cancer.

The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful. For this reason, it is important to have any new breast mass or lump checked by a by I Want This" href="http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-diagnosis#">health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.

Other possible by I Want This" href="http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-diagnosis#">signs of breast cancer include:

  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)

Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt.

 

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