My breast cancer story may differ slightly from the norm as it all started when I was only 19. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 13 years ago while a student at UBC. After a long series of chemotherapy, I then had radiation to my chest to further shrink a grapefruit sized tumor in my chest. The radiation I received to my chest is, in fact, the reason I got breast cancer 13 years later.

I was diagnosed shortly after weaning my third child from breastfeeding. A lump that I assumed was a blocked milk duct wouldn’t go away. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2007. I had a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction 10 days after my diagnoses. The team of Dr. MacIntosh and Dr. Buchel is truly amazing. The reconstruction of both breasts was accomplished using the tissue from my inner thighs.

Although the recovery was intense, it was worth every moment to feel like my ‘whole’ self. At every step in this process I felt I was getting the best possible care anywhere in North America. I have nearly completed the process with only a few surgical processes to get through. I got through my chemo treatments with the help of unbelievable family support, my amazing husband, and the love and laughter of our 3 young children.

Fear of recurrence is huge but I am comforted by the knowledge that time will lessen that feeling. Having experienced cancer twice in my lifetime gives me the wisdom to live life to its fullest and to appreciate family above all else.

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Check out the video at of Dr. Ed Buchel in the Operating Room demonstrating some of the surgical and patient monitoring equipment purchased by Keeping Abreast.

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