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May 18, 2013 5:25 a.m.

Exactly 5 months ago today I had a biopsy done on the lump in my breast. I found it during a self-exam and figured I better get it checked out to be safe. The little research I did showed 80% of all biopsies are negative for cancer and the biopsy test itself is about 97% accurate. Well, I need to stay away from the casinos!
The biopsy actually came back negative for cancer. I remember that moment ever so clearly when I told John and my parents I did not have cancer. It was the first time I ever heard my dad cry. I could be upset that it was not accurate, but I choose not to. I actually thank my lucky stars that we have wonderful doctors here and they thought I needed further testing to check again. Looking back I have to admit I was pissed;) I just had a needle jabbed into my boob, and now they have the nerve to say I need surgery for a lumpectomy? But…… that decision saved my life.
It has been a crazy 5 months. The double mastectomy was no walk in the park…and neither has 4 months of chemo. I am physically and mentally exhausted. BUT…. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it feels oh so good:) I didn’t think at 32, with 2 young kids and a husband I could handle all this… but I did. With the help of many, many people I think am doing a pretty damn good job! I love my life, my family and my friends… and this girl isn’t going to give up easily. I will beat cancer, and hopefully help other women in the process:)

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