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I would like to raise as much money as I can to support the American Cancer Society in hopes of finding a cure for Breast Cancer as well as all forms of this deadly disease.
A cancer patient name Leah that I met who's diagnosed April 16, 2012
with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). Help her financially to take off the stress of medical expenses.
Leah wanted me to share her story with everyone who wanted to hear her story and who's going through the same thing she's going through.
Hi! My name is Leah. I am 41 years old and still
fighting for my life. I was diagnosed April 16, 2012
with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). While vacationing
at a state park lodge with my husband and two sons, I noticed
a rash on my left breast.
The next morning the breast was so swollen that it would
not fit inside my bra. I went home, celebrated Easter
Sunday with the family and promptly called my family doctor on
Monday morning. 12 days later, 18 doctor appointments
later, lots of poking, prodding, and many scans and tests, I
was diagnosed and had a chemo port surgically implanted into
my chest and began chemo. I was told Inflammatory Breast
Cancer is the deadliest, most aggressive form of breast cancer
there is, 2% of all Breast cancers. WHY ME????
received the PET scan results, cancer was nowhere else in my
body, I set out on a whole new path. To fight this
cancer, beat it and continue to live here with my family.
I have 2 sons to finish raising and see my grandchildren
someday. I had chemo (Adriamycin Cytoxin and Taxol) from
April thru August. Modified radical left mastectomy on
September 1, and began 38 rounds of radiation treatments the
end of October. I am Estrogen Negative and HER2 which
puts me at a very high risk for recurrence. I am taking
weekly infusions (in my chemo port) of Herceptin to try to
fight off recurrence.
I was bald for nearly 7 months and
will never proclaim to have a bad hair day ever again! LOL
I was so sick that getting out of bed was not even an option
on chemo weekends. But, my pathology report was
fantastic and my genetic testing showed no genetic mutation to
I am very positive and have been from
the start. I have talked to my cancer from day one and
told it that it was not welcome in my body, and that the chemo
and I were killing it. My family, friends and team of
doctors have been an incredible support for me. I am
incredibly blessed to have them all standing beside me every
step of the way. Life is short - and cancer puts a whole
new perspective on EVERYTHING! The clouds look totally
different every morning and I approach life with a NEW NORMAL
- never to be NORMAL again. Life is a true gift -
Sponsor Me and Join the Movement
support of people like you, the American Cancer Society is able to address
the challenges of each person whose life is affected by IBC and help them
stay connected to the great big moving world. Join the collective of
passionate individuals who want to do something about IBC now by making a
contribution to American Cancer Society on my behalf. Working together, we can do even
more to build a movement by and for people with IBC that will move us
closer to a world free of this disease.
The money collected will go towards helping Cancer Patients like Leah
and research in finding a cure. All of the money will be given to cancer
patients help fight IBC and the American Cancer Society.
How is breast cancer diagnosed?
Breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms
appear, but many women with early breast cancer have no symptoms. This
is why getting the recommended screening tests (as described in the
section, "Can breast cancer be found early?") before any symptoms develop is so important.
If something suspicious is found during a screening exam, or if you
have any of the symptoms of breast cancer described below, your doctor
will use one or more methods to find out if the disease is present. If
cancer is found, other tests will be done to determine the stage
(extent) of the cancer.
Signs and symptoms
Widespread use of screening mammograms has increased the number of
breast cancers found before they cause any symptoms. Still, some breast
cancers are not found by mammogram, either because the test was not done
or because, even under ideal conditions, mammograms do not find every
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A
painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be
cancerous, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can
even be painful. For this reason, it is important to have any new breast
mass or lump checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.
Other possible signs of breast cancer include:
- Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
- Skin irritation or dimpling
- Breast or nipple pain
- Nipple retraction (turning inward)
- Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
- Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the
arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even
before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be