The Breastlink Angels 2014 calendar featured many inspiring breast cancer patient stories. Elizabeth’s story with invasive ductal carcinoma was presented in the May chapter. We have found that breast cancer patient stories sometimes help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients learn about facing their own conditions. We hope you enjoy Elizabeth’s story.
Breast Cancer Patient Stories | Elizabeth D.
- Diagnosis – June 2009
- Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
When my doctor retired around the beginning of 2009, I thought, “No big deal, I’ll find a new doctor eventually. I’m very rarely sick.” Then, on a Sunday night in June, I felt a lump!!
I had never known anyone in my situation and didn’t know where I should go. I prayed for the Lord to guide me to where I needed to be. That night I called a friend and told her what was going on and she immediately told me that I needed to call Breastlink first thing in the morning!!
I called and met with Dr. Mabry and Dr. John Link (both angels without wings, just so you know), had a mammogram, sonogram and biopsies and was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma stage 2A (what the heck is that?!? I thought) … and so my journey began with 41/2 months of neoadjuvant chemo, a lumpectomy with lymph node removal, then bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, a second lymph node removal and 5 years of a targeted chemo for my cancer.
Some days felt like a mouth full, but I was truly blessed with a wonderful family, friends, doctors and nurses (never in my life had I been hugged and loved by so many people – including the doctors and nurses at Breastlink). I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
At Breastlink, they treat you like a person, who just happens to have cancer. It’s been 4 years since being diagnosed and I still feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, opening my eyes every morning to the wonderment of what this day will bring, thanks to the Lord and everyone at Breastlink.
When I was approached by Ginny, the head of the volunteers (another angel in disguise) and asked to be a volunteer at Breastlink, I jumped at the chance!!!
It is such a privilege to be a part of someone else’s journey. In most cases, I feel like the blessed one, having met some of the most inspiring and beautiful women, and getting to see them come out the other side of this journey even more beautiful and confident than before. That is what it’s all about!! This year I was asked to become a more permanent fixture here and started working at The Women’s Health Boutique inside Breastlink.
I know this may sound unusual, but getting cancer was one of the best things that ever happened to me (stop by sometime and I’ll tell you why). That’s what they do at Breastlink, they give you HOPE for a better today and tomorrow…