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Elizabeth – 44 Years Old

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My name is Elizabeth. I am 44 years old. Five days before my 44th birthday, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I never dreamed it would happen to me. I had no history of breast cancer in my family, and had no health problems up to that point in my life. This is going to sound strange, but I am thankful for my breast cancer experience. Even though I would never have wanted to get it if I had a choice, God took a bad thing and made it a vehicle for me to live more abundantly. I have always considered myself a "Christian" but until I got breast cancer I cannot say that I had a true one on one personal relationship with Jesus. Through breast cancer, God allowed my spirit to be broken down so that I could depend on nothing but Him. With breast cancer, you never know what hurdles you will have to face. But there is one thing you absolutely CAN know for sure, and that is if you call upon the name of Jesus, he will be beside you and will guide you through your days. During the early days of my diagnosis, I promised God that if He would help me get through this, that I would use the rest of my days telling of His goodness, and his mercy to me. God not only kept His promise to me, but far surpassed the mercy and grace that I could even imagine would come from Him. Once I went on my knees to Him with nothing but my pitiful, broken self, He came in and cared for my every physical and emotional need. He immediately put me in the path of doctors and radiologists that were willing to listen to me and to go the extra mile to offer me good care. I remember one time I prayed to be put in touch with other Christian women going thru breast cancer, and honestly, within a day or two I found Lump to Laughter. I remember Renee asked me how I found them, and I can't really remember. They were just on a link from another web site about breast cancer. Some might say coincidence, but I say God. I am now doing well, and though I am not quite through my reconstruction, I am through my treatment. I prayed for God to deliver me from having to make a decision regarding chemotherapy, and He did. I did not have to have chemo, but was willing to take it if that had been the advice of the doctors. I had prayed for the Lord's will to be done regarding treatment after surgery, and had honestly been ready to accept whatever was placed before me. God once again saw me in my need, and had mercy on me. If I could give any advice to someone else that has just been diagnosed it would be this: Go to the Lord FIRST. Pray in earnest and ask for His divine guidance in all the decisions you will have to make in the days ahead of you. Pray for peace and confidence. Pray for others who will encourage you and pray for you to be placed in your path. ASK others to pray for you. I asked everyone I knew, and many people that I did not know to pray for me. I simply told them I was a Christian with breast cancer, and that if they were a praying person to please remember me. It was unbelievable the conversations that were started by that simple request. Suddenly, everyone around me was pulling for me, praying for me, and many had encouraging stories of others with breast cancer who had overcome the disease. The peace that I carried with me daily had to have come from those hundreds of prayers that were offer
Age at Diagnosis
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Year Initially Diagnosed
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How Cancer was Found
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Stage at Diagnosis
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Type of Breast Cancer
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Surgery
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Lymph Node Involvement
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Lymph Node Dissection Type
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Radiation Therapy
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Chemotherapy
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Hormone Therapy
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Oopherectomy
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Current Disease Status
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Clinical Trial Participation
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Treatment-Induced Menopause
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Breast Reconstruction
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Lymphodema
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Physical Therapy
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Her2 Status
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Hormone Status
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Genetic Counseling
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BRCA1/2
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