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The Importance Of Being Proactive

By Linda Carter

October 12, 2016

I like to say that I’m a two and a half time cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer almost 20 years ago. I found this myself through self-examination. After many discussions with several types of doctors, I had a lumpectomy followed by radiation and chemo. In 2010, almost 15 years after the 1st occurrence, cancer was found early by a mammogram. Since it was a 2nd occurrence, I had to have a mastectomy.

Within months of this diagnosis, I was diagnosed with pre cancer in my colon (this is what I consider my ½ occurrence), which was found during a colonoscopy. So I had two surgeries in the same year within a short period of time, but I’m still here to tell you about it and about how important it is to get those tests and to be aware of what your body is telling you.