A message from Nickie....
"To my friends and family, I just wanted to say how much I appreciate everyone's support. What I also want everyone to know is that the most important thing that I really need is prayers and positivity. For those of you who know or may not know, I have been diagnosed with stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer that has metastasized into my liver. Because I am triple negative, there is no cure for my cancer (yet) and I will be on chemo for the rest of my life. But with prayers, positive thinking and the marvels of modern medicine, I believe I can continue to live a fulfilling life, longer than whatever the expectancies are. If there is something I can do its educate people on IBC, the signs and symptoms and have people even learn from my mistake of waiting. Breast cancer does not have to present with a lump. Mine presented with changes in the breast tissue. I heard the words calcification from 2 different doctors and pre menopausal tissue changes. My PCP didn't sound too concerned, but still gave me a script for a mammogram. Where I went wrong is that I was going to start a new job at the end of the month and I didn't want to pay a double deductable and thought it could wait for my new insurance to kick in. But within 3 months, it spread quickly and the whole breast became hard. So please, if you have any changes to your tissue, or develop a red rash, not only request a mammogram but also a biopsy. Since IBC may not start as a lump, in the beginning it may not show up on a mammogram. Many times, doctors are unfamiliar with the symptoms, like mine. I told my doctor I had pain and she told me breast cancer does not usually present with pain. I never even knew there were different types of breast cancer and most people I tell don't either. This has been a very humbling experience. I still feel healthy and somewhat normal, lol, so prayers is what I need the most at this time to continue to live life to the fullest and stay positive! I appreciate all your kind and loving hearts."
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