When she was 19, Sharena was holding down 3 jobs and had no insurance but when she felt a lump on her left breast she immediately went to her doctor. Without doing any tests or even palpating the lump he told her it was probably a fibrocystic mass, just wait and watch. She was back 6 months later to her ob/gyn who told her the same thing. She went faithfully every 6 months and faithfully was given the same diagnosis.
The doctor took her off birth control pills and 9 months later after the birth of her first baby, she again asked about the lump with the same diagnosis. Still no tests.
Then she lost her appetite and lost weight. She went to the health department who ignored the lump but put her on a birth control implant on the same side as the lump.With pain and more weight loss she went to a clinic where she was diagnosed her with irritable bowel syndrome. (She had pointed out the lump to every doctor she went to, every one.)
When the lump seemed to be growing she went back to the health department. This time they sent her to a specialist who finally did all the tests she had requested. The lump had doubled from 5 centimeters to ten centimeters and there was another one under her arm at 5 centimeters. She was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and told she had to have chemotherapy and radiation to reduce the tumors to a size that could be removed.
After she had as much chemotherapy as her body would take, they removed both breasts and the lymph nodes on her left side. They also told her that she couldn't get pregnant with chemotherapy. After the birth of her second child, they put her back on chemotherapy.
In December of 2017, 11 years after she first told her doctor about the lump, she got a chest cold that was very painful and went to the emergency room where they told her the cancer had spread to her lungs, bones and lymph nodes. She was given no hope.
She went to an alternative therapy center in Florida where they put her in semi remission but cut back on the major treatment because "some people had reacted poorly to it. " She came home much better but then started with appetite and weight loss again.
She went to her general practitioner who finally listened. The first one. He sent her to a wonderful doctor who told her the cancer was 98% estrogen receptor. Remember the birth control pills, implants and shots? Estrogen.
She had the implant and her ovaries removed that week to eliminate estrogen and started shots to rebuild her bones. By this time the cancer had spread to her brain.
There is a treatment in Germany which has had very good results (see "cancer can be killed" on Amazon) but which they will only perform in the US when combined with chemotherapy and radiation. She can't take any more of either, her bones are fracturing and her teeth are coming out from the last batch.
She has three children, two under the age of 19 months, and a man who adores her. He gets up with them and takes the oldest to school after changing and giving bottles to the babies. He brings her food at lunch and dinner while a friend keeps the babies during the day. He comes home from work, feeds, bathes, and puts the children to bed then goes back to work. Sharena does everything she can and more than she should.
She needs to go to Germany as soon as possible and get this therapy, which has been proven and doesn't damage your body like chemotherapy.
The point of this is that she has been proactive from the beginning and did all she could to help herself.
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