That began the rollercoaster ride that would become my life for the next two and a half years. In total, I had five surgeries, which eventually included a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Still, even though my cancer was caught early, surgery and treatment are emotionally and physically depleting. It was only because I had soldiers in the trenches with me—my amazing medical team and my girl gang—that I was able to emerge a warrior.
Courtesy Laurie Pezzano. It was a week filled with immense fear and challenges. When the doctor confirmed that I did, in fact, have breast cancer, I instantly went into survival mode. I was a mother, a wife, and a business owner. When I told my family, the fear in their eyes showed me that I had to fight to survive. I had eight surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation and was deemed cancer-free.
It was not easy—and I worked throughout the entire process—but I never gave up and I always tried to stay positive through it all. Dealing with the pain is a small price to pay to have my family.
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Courtesy Stephanie Johnson. It grew from the size of a pea to a large tumor over one summer. After a mammogram and biopsy, I received the news I had cancer. It was like a punch to the gut—the words hit my stomach and took all of the breath from my lungs. I was 38 years old with two sons in high school and no idea what would come next. I was found to be BRCA1 positive, stage 3, grade 3, triple-negative invasive ductal carcinoma. I did four months of chemotherapy followed by three surgeries: a double mastectomy, oophorectomy and hysterectomy, and reconstruction. Cancer sucks and so does getting through it.
I made a goal for myself. My cancer journey fueled me to do something about it.
I knew that if I survived this, I was going to sign up for beauty school. My first day of class was just six weeks after my reconstruction.
Courtesy Ray Foley. I was a mother to two young children and a wife who had much more living to do. Read about the 16 things cancer patients wish you knew. Courtesy Susan Reif Author of 39 things to make a cancer patient smile.
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Then came September 12, — a follow-up visit to the doctor. The next two weeks was a marathon of trips in and out of New York City for tests—consultations, scans, chemo, and blood work. After surgery and 42 radiation treatments, I danced around the maypole on May 1st, All tests showed all was well! Courtesy Monica Ruffo Well Told. I was determined to go through life with complete normalcy, not only for myself but for my kids.
My cancer was very aggressive so treatment lasted 14 months. I never stopped working and told almost no one what I was going through. Two surgeries, 14 monoclonal antibody treatments, 25 rounds of chemo and 12 rounds of chemo later, I was able to keep my hair thanks to scalp cooling and mitigate the side effects of treatment with a strict vegan diet and weekly high dose vitamin C infusions. Read about more amazing, hopeful cancer treatment breakthroughs here.
Courtesy Rachael Ocello. Being so young, I was never told by anyone to get breast exams or mammograms. If social work is about the 'person in environment ', why is there a conditioned preoccupation with casework rather than community work, where people participate collectively in resolving their own problems and take control for building social capital?
Why are our interventions often about individual psychosocial factors and deservedness rather than the environmental and social conditions that contribute to the perpetuation of social problems?
Respect for the dignity and worth of the person is a core social work value, and self-determination and autonomy are key ethical principles. So what is the social work response when we learn that "no choice" — a resignation that their lives had been decided for them — is a recurrent theme in the experiences of the residents?
How can social intervention be carried out with and by the residents rather than on them? Every challenge is an opportunity. Ours is to refresh our thinking and working models, and to re-imagine our social purpose. Whose research efforts are really powerful interventions, which employ methods that are not only creative and painstakingly collaborative, but also driven by a deep humility, compassion, and human-centredness.
In this book, Kok Hoe and his collaborators teach us about social and spatial justice, not only through the exalted frameworks of theory, but through heightened sensitivity and empathy, otherwise dulled by the spectacle of the Singapore success story. While we celebrate the resilience of the residents and volunteers working through the struggles of resettlement, the essays, reflections and stories also remind us of the struggles of state agencies in understanding what makes or breaks a community, and the value of lives lived with dignity.
This time they were VAIN lesions, vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia, level 2. Most women who develop VAIN do not go on to develop cancer. Again, I called to get a second opinion on the treatment recommended for me. I wanted to advocate for my health and take matters into my own hands. The second opinion confirmed the course of treatment recommended by my oncologist. Since January , I have been cancer- and lesion-free. I would never choose to go through this battle, but I choose to see the blessings in the experience of having cancer.
I learned to listen to my body and advocate for myself. And in the case of my mom, doing anything and everything I needed, sometimes even before I knew I needed it. But most of all I learned that I am strong. I kept finding more strength. I want women to know they need to take care of themselves. This is your life! I also want people to know that my generation could potentially be the LAST generation to have cervical cancer.
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