My Journey Through Breast Cancer

My Journey Through Breast Cancer

My journey through breast cancer starts in 2001. My husband had been diagnosed with end stage renal decease and would be needing a kidney transplant. I was going to be tested to see if I was would be a match so I could donate one of my kidneys. That was the main thing on my mind.
I went for my yearly mammogram and was not concerned at bit about any problems. To my surprise I was asked to return for more tests, then a biopsy. The biopsy revealed I had a very early stage breast cancer. I would need surgery and radiation to combat the cancer and I was determined to beat it. Frank would be needing his transplant and I was gonna be strong for him. After surgery and 32 radiation treatments other than being a little tired off and on I felt pretty good.
Frank had his kidney transplant in July of 2001
and was recovering well. He battled for a year before he could go back to work steady at his job as a truck driver. Life seemed to be getting back to normal. I started to work in Sept 2003
as a pharmacy tech. This was something I had wanted to do for a long time. At about 6 months into my new job it came time for mammogram. I wasn't expecting any bad news. I was feeling great, I had a new job Frank was feeling well and I knew things were gonna be good. I went for the imaging and was asked to step back into the office for more views. I did as I was asked and soon I was asked to come in for another. I still was not even concerned. I finally told the technician I had to leave to pick up my daughter from school. I was allowed to leave and had an appointment to return the next morning for a sonogram. I arrived for the appointment then was told it was necessary for a biopsy. I guess I was in denial that there could be a problem because it never crossed my mind that I could have cancer again. I had the biopsy and had to go to work the next day. I received a call at work that I again had breast cancer this time stage 2 and it was a totally different type that the first bout. I was totally in shock. The last time I had only a partial mastectomy, this time I would have to have a full mastectomy. I was told all my options and opted to forgo reconstruction as I did not want to deal with further surgeries. I had the mastectomy and chemotherapy every three weeks for 12 weeks. The treatments were hard and sometimes I truly believed that I would not make it through them. My daughter was expecting twins to be born in the middle of the chemo treatments. I do believe that knowing those babies were coming helped to get me through the chemo. Well I did make it through with the grace of God, desire to see my twin grandsons born and the help of my family. It has been 4 years since my last bout with the dreaded C word and I have been working for 2 years now and have been feeling great. My husband is doing great life is pretty much normal. I feel stronger than ever and seem to work harder than ever to keep things going. I am making life happen day by day. I have included pictures of me prior to diagnoses, during treatment after treatment and now.

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Robbie says ... on Tuesday, Sep 9 at 9:42 AM

You are proof that cancer can be beat, and a true survivor in every way! May others that face this battle find hope and comfort in your journey. You have always been the most positive, upbeat person I know. God loves you, and so do I.

Amy says ... on Thursday, Sep 4 at 10:43 AM

You are one amazing lady, Marsha!

Patty says ... on Wednesday, Sep 3 at 11:14 PM

In June of 2002, I had the priviledge of meeting Marsha. She is my cousin. She found me when I was at an all time low at the age of 48. She has so much strength and faith. She is a survivor and a God send to all who know her. A TRUE SURVIVOR she is.

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