My Story

Venango County

Venango County

Diagnosed at age 53

“My friend, you have breast cancer” these were the words from my doctor on a sunny afternoon. I never thought I would hear these words. No one in my family has had breast cancer. I have been a nurse for 33 years and I am a Nurse educator, so I know the statistics but I never thought it would happen to ME. My support from others was overwhelming, my husband, my beautiful 3 daughters, my extended family, my friends, co-workers, and even my students were amazing. I never knew how others cared and felt about me or the impact I had on others. I took this opportunity to re-evaluate my priorities in life. I was fortunate to have a small tumor and be node negative. I went through radiation and now on hormone therapy medications and I am doing well one year later. I have been blessed!

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