I remember the day the doctor’s office called me and said, “Can you come in today?” I knew she was not inviting me for tea and crumpets; I knew what that call meant.
I was fortunate; the cancer was found early by a mammogram. It was called “stage 0” cancer. I had surgery to remove the lump, and then radiation. I was 47 years old.
While lying on the table receiving my radiation treatment, I thought back to how my father had cancer when he was 47–and passed away. I knew that I was going to live–what really consumed my thoughts was that I was fighting for custody of my son.
I didn’t let my ex or his lawyer know that I had cancer, as I am sure they would have used it as a weapon against me. I went back and forth to the courtroom, talked to the lawyers, the waited by the phone– but I never let on that I had cancer.
By the end of the summer, I had finished the radiation treatments.
I also won the custody battle: my son came back to live with me.
I’ve just passed the magic number–five years after having breast cancer, I am still cancer-free.
Please remember to get your mammogram!
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I praise God you’ve made it through.
Thank you Tony!!
I REJOICE WITH YOU!!!! MY WIE JUST PASSED HER 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SURVIVING ENDOMETRIAL CANCER, AND TODAY THE ONE YEAR AFTER HAVING A CANCEROUS POLYP REMOVED—THAT HAD NOT SPREAD. 🙂
Thank you Jonathan!! I am happy that your wife is doing fine also!!!
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Posts like yours remind me why I put in the long cold miles for the London Moonwalk 🙂
Is that a long walk to raise money for cancer awareness, Marie?
It is a 26.2 mile marathon around London at night wearing a decorated bra. The charity is called Walkthewalk and all the money goes to breast cancer charities. I’ve done two now. 🙂
wow. congratulations on being able to finish a marathon like that! ( I would still be limping in from last years…)
It takes a lot of training and luckily I like a nice long walk.