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Diana - Age 43

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Sunday, May 12, 2013,  I was pleading to the Lord that I was tired of running.  Tired of worrying something was going to happen to me or my family.  Tired of a broken  of heart. Tired of disappointment. Tired of fear.  Tired of not enjoying life.  I knew better because I had been in the Lord for over 18 years.  But before I closed my eyes that night I said to the Lord, “What is going to take???”
 
Monday, May 13, I received the news that was about to shake my grounds.   I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  My gynecologist said that the good news was, “You have the best of the worse.”  I thought, what could be best about being diagnosed with breast cancer?  Then May 30th,  I diagnosed with a second finding.  My decision was made…remove my breasts.  I could not bear anymore.
 
My days ahead were to meet with specialist after specialist.  Making sure the Lord lead me to the right choice in building my dream team.  I also made sure to educate myself with all my treatment plans.  In addition, to natural alternatives.  I made a choice to do the Daniel Fast.  I couldn't accept this diagnosis but I was preparing myself nonetheless.
 
One week and half before my scheduled Bilateral Mastectomy, I was strongly suggested by my Care Coach to meet with a radiation specialist.  I refused many times but this time thought, why not?  My reason?  I work for a faith base organization and while returning from lunch my co-worker was telling me, “God will make a way, where there is no way.”  At that very moment, I saw a frame peeking out from behind a bunch of donated items.  It caught my eye because I saw this beautiful crown and what look like the tablet of the 10 commandments.  To my surprise, it was a painting of Abraham about to sacrifice his son, while an angel was swooping in from the sky stopping him.  Abraham was reflecting dropping the knife in midair above the bare chest of his son.  Alongside, was a ram in the bush.
 
I knew then.  My chest will be preserved.  And because of this frame, I decided to meet with a radiation specialist.  And praise God I did because he said something to me that no one else had, “you might not need radiation based on your diagnosis but you would need to biopsy the second siting to determine that.”  Something in my belly said do the biopsy.
 
Four days before the mastectomy I did the biopsy.  And the results to the second finding NOT CANCER!
 
Mastectomy canceled.  Lumpectomy scheduled.
 
The story ends like this.  The day before the surgery, I received a small knitted piece a prayer healing cloth (from Lump to Laughter). I took it with me to the surgery.  So I had the lumpectomy and recovered with absolutely no pain.  And the results…NO CANCER found!  NO radiation needed!  NO Tamoxiphen!  Apparently, the initial biopsy took out all the “cells.”
 
God made a way, where there was no way.
 
Ultimately, I have no regrets because now all of my cries that night before I was diagnosed no longer exist.  I have been released from these strongholds of emotions and I am a new creation.  Now serving God completely submerged.
 
I hope this encourages others to know… whatever the choice or outcome God is by your side and He will make a way where there is no way.
Age at Diagnosis
41 or Above
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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