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Trudie Wood-Survivor Story
My Story, Trudie J. Wood, 8 year survivor.
I was diagnosed in April 2008 of stage 3 Breast Cancer. After my routine mammogram, the radiologist told me, “Your mammogram is concerning, I want you to see a surgeon as soon as possible.” Since my father was currently battling melanoma at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, I called and made an appointment. They got me in right away and scheduled a mastectomy and lymph gland removal for May. The surgeon urged me to do it sooner but my youngest daughter was graduating college and I wanted to be there. I had my surgery the day after my daughter’s college graduation.
My family has always been very supportive and understood my decision. My diagnosis was the first Breast Cancer in my family and was a shock to all of us. I was fortunate, that my daughter was able to take time off before graduate school to be with me during my treatments. Following surgery, I started with chemotherapy. I had a rare, adverse reaction and spent some time recovering in the hospital. Overall, chemo took five months, followed by six weeks of daily radiation. I finished by last radiation treatment on December 31, 2008.
It has always been important to me to participate in the Komen Race for the Cure and raise awareness. The Race for the Cure is a celebration time for us. My oldest daughter started our team, Trudie’s CUREageous Crusaders, the first year after my diagnosis and treatment. The very first year was a bit of a struggle for me, as I didn’t have much energy and was very weak. However, I managed to complete the 1 mile walk with the help and support of my family and friends. Every year we have co-workers as well as family and friends, fundraise, walk and race with us. I am an advocate of yearly mammograms, as I missed one yearly mammogram in 2007 and was diagnosed in 2008. I will never know for certain but, my cancer could have been detected sooner and may not have been as advanced, if I didn’t skip that one year. I believe education is so important when it comes to preventative care and should be a priority.
Thank you for allowing me to share My Story.