The Breastlink Angels annual calendar features many inspiring breast cancer stories. Tina’s chemotherapy for breast cancer story was presented in the February chapter of our 2014 Breastlink Angels calendar.
Tina P. | Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
- Diagnosis – December 2011
- Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
I was one of those people whose life had not been touched by breast cancer. I have no family history, didn’t know anyone, not even a friend of a friend, who had it.
Then one week before Christmas 2011, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. Instead of shopping for Christmas presents, I was scheduling doctor’s appointments. I was raising a 3-year-old, had just started a new job and now was about to get on the breast cancer roller coaster. Throughout the ups and downs, I always felt one thing.
I felt LUCKY… lucky to have walked into Breastlink, lucky to have met wonderful doctors and staff and lucky to have met a wonderful volunteer. I knew I was in great hands when doctors and volunteers were hugging me, giving me their cell phone numbers and saying, “call me anytime, day or night.”
I remember, after I had completed my chemo treatments and surgery, Ginny calling me about the support group meetings and asking if I wanted to attend. I told her I was okay with everything and didn’t need to participate in a support group. She said to me, “Well, you can help support others.” And I said ABSOLUTELY!
Breast cancer brought me closer to my spirituality, and for that I will always be grateful. I have more faith now, believe in the power of prayer, and believe someone is watching over me. Sai Baba is my protector, he bore my pain.
I had breast cancer…
breast cancer NEVER HAD ME!