One of my favorite quotes is, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” from Helen Keller. This really describes how I handled my cancer diagnoses. My first diagnosis dates back to 1980! I was diagnosed with breast cancer a second time in 2009. My identity was never in my chest. Two mastectomies did not change that feeling. I saw these surgeries as the best course of action and the way to handle my cancer. I chose mastectomy and believe we each need to be our own advocates.
Following surgery, based on research, I chose not to have chemotherapy or radiation. My doctors respected my decision and were very supportive. I knew there was a calculated risk with this choice. However, I truly believe that the kindness, respect and professional staff at Aultman Hospital contributed to helping me maintain a positive attitude as I moved forward.
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