Petra's Story

I’m 58 years old, I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 31 years and we have two amazing daughters. At the age of 48 I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in my right breast. My right nipple had started to invert so I went in for a mammogram and it showed nothing. After an ultra sound, a lump was found the size of a large grape with lymph node involvement. Things moved very fast after that. I had a biopsy done which determined I had breast cancer. It was a very frightening diagnosis to say the least.

A week later I was in the hospital having my right breast removed and a port was put in at that same time. It was a grade three tumor, stage two, estrogen positive. They had removed 15 lymph nodes and 5 were infected. Two weeks after the surgery I start chemo. I had two types of chemo for two months every two weeks, followed by chemo once a week for 16 weeks. Chemo was not what I had expected, I was very lucky and handled the chemo very well. After the chemo came six weeks of radiation. Because the tumor was Estrogen Positive, I could be treated hormonally, I also had my ovaries removed.

I had an amazing support system. My friends and family were great! My husband was at every chemo appointment with me, my friends came to some of my chemo appointments. My neighbors brought over food for dinner for my family. I received text messages from friends when I was heading to chemo. I was and still am very blessed to have such great people in my life. Ten years later and I’m doing great! I love my life and I feel wonderful!

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