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Cancerbro - Breast cancer survivor for 21 years
Jcab45 Breast Cancer
Posted on Aug. 29, 2018, 3:04 p.m.
Breast cancer survivor for 21 years
Here’s my intoduction… Hi my name is Joanne and I’m a breast cancer survivor of 21 years. I was diagnosed after the birth of my younget son 21 years ago. I had a radical mastectomy with all my lymph nodes removed.inwas a stage 2 ductal carcinoma. Went through the surgery, chemo, radiation and took tamoxifen for 5 years. After having being exposed to all that, I found out I was 20 weeks into my pregnancy. I Was advised not to continue with the pregnancy because the fetus may be exposed to too much chemo, radiation, anasthesia and the pill. So I agreed to terminate the pregnancy. It was the hardest thing to do at the time. Every August is very hard since that was the due date for my son who would’ve Benny 20 years old. I have regrets but the chance of having a still born or a deformed child was nothing I was prepared for. After several passed and doctors telling me I could never get pregnant, I did and this time I kept her. You see I have 3 boys and she has been The only girl, a miracle baby, in this little family of mine. I had by c-section 4 weeks early because If I had her full term and vaginally I would’ve died. She was a miracle, tho the struggle began. At 15 month old she had a lump on her hip and wasn’t eating or playing. She moaned and cried every night. I’d walk the floors day and night. I took her the pediatrician and they did an blood test on her and it came back with her white cell count high and all they could do was wait for the cancer to spill into her blood. Every other day she has blood test done. It was horrible to see her getting poked. After 3 weeks of doing this and prayers from family and friends, her immune system fought back and the blood text came back normal and the lump went away. She started eating and playing. As if it never happened. The doctors were prepared for her but to their amazement they couldn’t believe how sick she was to being perfectly. Til today, at 13 she needs a mammogram for her. Because I had the genetic testing done, I haveool