Elena's Breast Cancer Story

My name is Elena, I am an amateur triathlon, I have been running, swimming and cycling for several years.
In July 2019, I found a cancerous tumor in my chest, went to the doctor, after histology I was told that, unfortunately, the neoplasm is malignant. It was a big shock for me, but it was sports and difficult starts that taught me to treat the complexities of life not as problems, but as tasks that just need to be solved. And I started to act! I went to an oncological clinic in my city, collected the necessary documents, passed the tests, ran the 42.1k marathon on Sunday

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and was already on the operating table on Tuesday. It was difficult for me to decide on this operation, but it had to be effective - and in early August 2019, my right breast was amputated. Recovery after surgery is not easy, but after a couple of days I began to walk at a brisk pace around the dispensary, these were my first trainings. Two weeks after the operation, I received the results of a histological examination of the biomaterial, in which another small lesion was found and the doctor recommended that I do an axillary lymphadenectomy - removal of the axillary lymph nodes - so that cancer would not metastasize in them. We performed this operation at the end of August 2019, and after it I was recovering longer.

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An amazing feeling - a month ago I finished in the mountain race at a distance of 75 km with a climb of 3600 m

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but today I can not open the door and generally raise my hand. But I did not stop training and it was they, I think, that helped me return to my normal lifestyle. We planned with the doctor that I would only start running in early 2020, but already in October 2019 I was able to run a little bit, and in December 2019 I ran my first 10 km again.
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Over the next year, I underwent hormone therapy - I think I was very lucky that my tumor was hormone-dependent and did not have to undergo radiation and chemotherapy.
In July 2020, during a routine examination, in which a radioactive substance is injected into a vein and then the whole body is scanned to detect metastases and neoplasms, a new formation was found in me, which was removed 1.5 months ago during the third operation. The histology results came very late, a month later, and they showed that it was necessary to resort to chemotherapy. To my great regret, in my country, chemotherapy is given preference to domestic manufacturers of drugs that are not as effective as foreign ones, have many side effects and affect internal organs.

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I consulted with several doctors, considered several options for foreign clinics - I settled on the clinic Anadolu, this is one of the most effective but expensive and i have not enough money. I need to undergo several studies and a course of chemotherapy by the end of October 2020, the urgency is that if I do not have time to develop metastases, we can discuss a possible recovery in the future, if metastases have time to appear, then we can only discuss life extension. And I really want to live!

Best regards,
Alena Fogel,
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