"The month of July 2007 will haunt me for many years to come. I was 37 years old, and a week before I could say "I do" to my future husband, I was diagnosed with breast cancer."
The month of July 2007 will haunt me for many years to come. I was 37 years old, and a week before I could say “I do” to my future husband, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Since I was getting married in a week, I decide to put that horrible news aside so I could fully enjoy my wedding. It had to be a perfect day. I also decided not to tell anyone. I really didn't want any clouds over what's supposed to be a magic moment.
A week later, when I got back from my honeymoon, that’s when everything started. The biopsy revealed a grade 2, stage 3 cancer, meaning that my lymph nodes were affected. I had to act quickly. In August, I had to undergo a radical mastectomy. I had scheduled chemo from September to April, but we had to stop the treatments when my white counts got out of control. I had to start injecting myself everyday between treatments, and was then able to complete the 11 treatments. I was very pleased.
From June to July 2008, I underwent 25 radiation therapy treatments and in November, they removed my uterus and ovaries to prevent any recurrence. I was able to get a breast reconstruction in December. It was painful but I was really happy to receive such a present.
I’ll never be able to express how thankful I am for research and what it did for me. Thanks to research, I can see my daughter grow. Thank you, thank you, and thank you a thousand times.
I feel so privileged to be able to receive free treatments. We criticize the health system so often, but I thank the Lord everyday for the care I received.
Thanks to all the nurses and workers that took such good care of me.
Thanks to my Pivot nurse, Mrs Yvette Chouinard, who was able to reassure me so well.
Thanks to Dr Patrick Montpetit for his kindness, his professionalism and his precious advice.
Thanks to Dr Carol Lapointe for her devotion to heal and inform me.
Thanks to Dr Sandra McGill for giving me back my femininity so quickly.
We must never give up and we need to keep giving for cancer research. I want to do my share.
Nancy Lavigne, Montreal, QC
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