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Survivor Story: Terri Walker
In early May of 2013, during a routine mammogram, a small lump was detected. On May 17th I received the results of the scheduled biopsy “Triple Negative Breast Cancer”. This is a date I will remember forever, as the day my life changed forever. After many hours of research and doctor appointments, I was finally scheduled to have a bi lateral mastectomy on July 11th. At the time of my surgery the doctors did not think I would need Chemotherapy (Yippee). But, the final pathology reports did show a trace of cancer in my lymphatic system.
After meetings with the Iowa Oncology Research Association and my oncologist, I decided to participate in the B49 Research study. These treatments began on August 12, 2013 through December 11, 2013, and the 2 drugs used were Cytoxan and Taxotere. This was the hardest thing I have ever done, to save my life. My last reconstruction surgery was February 11th, 2014, another YIPPEE.
With the support of my family, friends and fellow Breast Cancer survivors “I MADE IT”.
I have found the support from Survivor Sisters & Brothers from the John Stoddard Cancer Center and the Susan G. Komen Iowa group to be the most rewarding. These are people who are currently on or have been on this same journey and really understand the ups and downs that I am experiencing.
Wow. What a journey I have been on….but I AM A SURVIVOR.