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Survivor Stories

Kitten Lockwood

Friday the 19th of Sept, 2008, during my annual mammogram, the person taking my pictures saw a lump. Right away, and thank God he was there that day, she asked the doctor to come take a look. They asked me to come back later that day, without a word of why. You can imagine the fear going through my mind. "A lump"?, I kept asking myself. That must have been what I was feeling when performing my sel...

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Kristina Schermer

Just weeks before my 27th birthday I was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine MRI. I was BRCA 2 positive and was simply being monitored closely. Being well aware of my family history I thought it would be best to be cautious. I could have never suspected that the very first MRI would reveal that I already had breast cancer in my left breast. Shortly after being diagnosed, I underwent a dou...

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Kristine Matheny

I was diagnosed on 1/22/2016, I'll never forget the day I thought my life was over. I am 37 year old mother of 5 ages 19 to 3. I have 4 children home with me, 1 is incarcerated and family is 1200 miles away. I thought having a troubled child was the toughest thing to face, that was until my diagnosis. I am married, but my husband chose to walk out on me and the kids shortly after my diagnosis. 2/2...

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Tawnie Martinez

I was diagnosed January 13, 2015. I was 24 years old. After self exam and finding a lump, I decided to go to my primary care physician. She did an exam and she was not concerned. I pushed to do more diagnostic tests since I have a strong family history. After a breast ultrasound could not identify what the lump was, I had a breast biopsy following. Then, the results came. I was not worried because...

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Rachel Busetti Frevert

This is my mom's story. I know that this is for survivors, and although my mom lost her battle to breast cancer in February 2015, as a co-survivor I am here to carry on her legacy and the gratitude we have to Susan G. Komen Colorado for providing care for my mom during her initial diagnosis. My mom was initially diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in July, 2009 on her 60th birthday. ...

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Peggy Hosey

I tell everybody that I was extremely Lucky. When the Doctor told me that I had Breast Cancer, I just wanted to turn back time and Start over. I had recently moved to California from Oregon, Leaving my friends and support group behind. I was living with My son so I was not entirely alone. I quickly discovered that I had more friends than I had thought. I had only started at my new job and didn't r...

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Kathleen Syko-Kramp

In 1999 I had very heavy dense Breasts. They where getting heavier and changing. My doctor and I decided that for the sake of my back and my breast health that I should have a breast reduction. So in November 1999 I had a breast reduction. In the pathology of the Breast they found Cancer very low and deep to my chest wall. It was not a lump and If I had not had the reduction I believe it would hav...

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Brenda Kononen

I was diagnosed with a malignant, invasive tumor in my right breast on June 4, 2013. This was NOT in the plans! I started a martial arts-based self-defense curriculum a little over a year ago. I've been making steady progress toward my black belt with vast encouragement from the other (all much younger) women in my class. I love how it has increased my strength, stamina, and self-esteem. Testing f...

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Joby Koren

was diagnosed on my 45th birthday. I am pretty active, athletic, relatively young and have no family history of cancer so it came as a big shock. They found the cancer early though through a routine mammogram (stage 1). I began a crazy schedule of doctor appointments with surgeons, oncologists and radiologists for screenings, tests and recommendations on the best course of action. At first we thou...

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Debbie Pasko

Last year was the first time I participated in The Race for the Cure since losing my mother 15 years ago to breast cancer, being diagnosed myself 6 years ago, and watching my beautiful daughter have to go through treatments a year and a half ago, at only 24 years of age. Instead of it being a sad, depressing time for me as I had always feared, The Race was a time of encouragement and celebration....

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Cristina Painter

My husband was stationed in Belgrade with the United Nations at the time, and our daughter was 3. I was essentially a single parent who took care of everything. When I woke up the morning of April 10, 1998 it felt like I must've slept on a button or my daughter left a small toy on the bed. The feeling was on my right breast. Got up felt around and discovered a lump. Hmmmmm. Took my daughter to sc...

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Diane DeRoch

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2008 from a lump I found in my left breast. It was stage 1, with a 1 cm tumor, but aggressive. We were completely in shock but went through the routine of biopsies and ultrasounds, along with MRIs and MRI biopsies. I had my left mastectomy in October of 2008. I was completely devastated. I wanted to have both of my breasts removed at the same tim...

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Debbie Gallegos

In April 2002, I performed a monthly self breast exam and noticed a lump. I went to the doctor and he confirmed my worst fear. I had breast cancer in my right breast. At the time I was working as a desk technician for Aurora Police Department, was a mother of a 8 year old little boy and had been married for 8 years. I felt my life was just getting started and I wasn't going to let cancer get the b...

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Marcia Pinkstaff

A year ago I noticed a difference in my left breast. I initially thought it must be nothing as my mammogram had been clear just 7 months prior. Within a week and a half the difference became drastic, my breast was sinking into itself, the nipple area, and a lump had formed. My OBGYN even thought it was probably an infection as it didn't feel like cancer but since I had no other symptoms of an infe...

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Estella Abeyta

It has been 10 years now that I have been Cancer free! Yeah! It was a rough go but I made it! I was a stage 3 when I was diagnosed. Everything happened so fast! I had test after test and then I was getting a biopsy and then a Mastectomy and soon after I was going through Chemo. I gained weight from the steroids, went bald from the chemo and had no breasts. I felt like Mr. Clean! BUT with GOD, my f...

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Nina Lombardi

I was diagnosed at 31 years old. After feeling a lump I called my doctor the next day, went in for an exam. She sent me over for a mammogram and then a biopsy, which the radiologist assured me that it was nothing. Three days she called me with the news that is was cancer. I went into to panic mode, I have two babies under 3 I cant have cancer. After my 1st opinion I was urged to get a 2nd opnion a...

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Jessica Weidknecht

I had my first mammogram at the age of 40 and was diagnosed with DCIS Stage 0. Within a week I had biopsies, MRI's, multiple surgeon and plastic surgeon appointments and a quick decision. Everything was VERY overwhelming, however, when I was told I would be OK, I never looked back. I have a very positive outcome on life and what is to come. I appreciate my life and my little girls SO much more tha...

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Richard Fiorella

In the summer of 2014 I felt a small hard lump on the left side of my chest. Being a typical male I didn't think much of it. As time went by it got harder but I still didn't think much of it because, you see, I was an avid runner. I ran the Denver Rock and Roll half marathon in Oct 2104 and then the Turkey Trot in Nov. I thought I was in pretty good physical shape. But my wife said I really needed...

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Constance Lynch

Newly diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and three weeks of chemotherapy down and several weeks to go until August, I went into this with a positive attitude. I have so much to live for and so much more work that God has for me to do. God blessed me with 5 wonderful children and four grandchildren and they truly need me. Three years ago I adopted my grandson which is my fifth child age t...

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Renee Dolton

I found a lump in April of 2005 but my 4 yr. old Autistic son was suffering an illness so I waited far too long. On July 12,2005 I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. The tumor was 7cm and growing a cm a week. I went for ultrasounds, biopsies, visited surgeon and oncologist and started chemo within 3 weeks of diagnosis. I was given chemo every 2 weeks instead of 3 because they were fighting...

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