Deb's Story

I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer on March 9, 2009, and underwent a bilateral mastectomy on March 25th. A week later I was back in the hospital having my tissue expanders removed because of an infection. The following week I was back again this time to stay for just over a month, during this stay I was having surgery every other day to remove the affected tissue. It was during this time that they discovered I did not have an infection, but an extremely rare autoimmune disease called pyoderma gangrenosum. This causes deep tissue ulcers which appear like an infection would. Once this was treated correctly, I was able to travel down to Mayo hospital to confirm my diagnosis as this is a condition so rare that many doctors will go their whole career without seeing it. That summer I started chemo, I was unable to do radiation because of the tissue loss from the many surgeries. Since this I have had 4 reconstructive surgeries, I currently have tissue expanders in hoping to complete this process soon. I AM STILL CANCER FREE!

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