My name is Kari and I am a year and half breast cancer survivor. I will never forget that day on december 22nd 2006. I had went for my anually exam 2 weeks before and jokingly my doctor said I should start having my mammograms, since next year I would be forty. I had my mammogram and they said they seen something so I went for a bioptsy. That day I recieved the results I was at work, not ready for the news I was about to recieve. Breast cancer did not run in my immediate family. I recieved a call from the radioligist telling me I had cancer and to call my doctor and the phone hung up. My co-workers were wonderful, they all was around me to comfort me as I sat there and cried. One of my co-workers drove me home and called my boyfriend whom I lived with to tell him she was taking me home and he needed to come home. I was unable to seak with my doctor until december 26, at the time I as unaware his wife that friday I recieved the news was under going surgery for the same thing. Once I spoke to my doctor he referred me to his wifes surgeon and the long hall began. Through it all I had great support not only from my family but my boyfriends family whom are all wonderful. My co workers were also wonderful sending me clothes to wear that would be more comfortable and food for my family. I have a now 13 year old daughter that took all of this preaty hard and thought she was going to lose her mom. We all kept our heads up, I have a wonderful doctor at the Cancer Center that they are always keeping a close eye on my progress. I was only at stage one in my cancer, but at a grade 3 cancer which they consider a very aggressive cancer that was also non receptive to estrogen. I had surgery and 40 rounds of radiation and so far to this day every thing has come back with no cancer. I want to thank my boyfriend Jim and his family,my family and especially my co workers, because with out them this would have been a lot harder to deal with. They were always right there and the girls I work with at AMT were always there and when I returned to work every day there was a card on my desk letting me know they were there and thinking of me. I realize now you never take life for granted and I live every day to the fullist and watch my daughter grow and each day pray she never has to go though what I have. Always keep your head up and look for the future and never think something cant happen to you, because cancer doesnt care who you are.

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