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No Family History

By Marcia Shanahan

October 12, 2016

There is no history of breast cancer in my family. I am in good health, make an effort to maintain a healthy diet and exercise. I go in for check-ups with my physician on an annual basis. I’ve never had a serious illness. My routine Mammogram showed nothing unusual, but when my doctor completed a manual breast exam, the lump was there. A follow-up Mammogram confirmed it was very close to my ribcage—easily undetected by the Mammogram. Then the biopsy. Then the news no one wants to hear. Breast Cancer. That was in August of 2012. Now, after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, I am a breast cancer survivor who is 2.5 years out from completion of treatment.

Marcia Shares these Three Key Lessons:

1. Do your Breast Self- Exam regularly and get regular mammograms. You know your body better than anyone else; once a year at the Dr.’s office isn’t enough.
2.Get a second opinion regarding treatment if you are faced with any life-threatening condition. YOU decide what medical team YOU trust.
3. Maintain a positive outlook and allow people around you to provide support. Attitude does make a difference and a fighting spirit helps you through the treatment and improves your outlook.