My cancer journey brought me closer to the Lord

maryleekrieger_rally2 by Mary Lee Krieger, Jeweler, Florida

 

As the Mammogram Technician said, “Now don’t get dressed, the doctor will be right with you,” I knew in my heart what I had suspected for the past week. The doctor performed what is called a “targeted” ultrasound. I emphasize targeted because it makes all the difference. As the doctor glided the wand over the suspect area nothing showed, but when he firmly pressed down – there it was! There was no mistaking what we were seeing – a malignant tumor of substantial size! As I lay there with my eyes closed and the doctor’s voice in the background I ran to my Rock! “Dear Lord,” I prayed, “Please give me the strength to go through whatever lies ahead and fill me with Your Peace, the Peace that passes ALL understanding!”

A biopsy, MRI & PET scan later, it was confirmed that two malignant tumors were present on the right with a suspicious area on the left as well. Both Ductal & Lobular cancer were discovered and it had spread within the beast tissue to the chest wall. It was classified as Stage 3b locally advanced Hormone Receptive Breast Cancer.

I was the 6th in my family to be diagnosed with breast cancer

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Losing a parent is not easy … but God had plans for me

by Megan Manningmeganmanning_family

Jeweler, Arizona

 

I wanted to share my story about how breast cancer has affected my life and my family. I was raised by a single mother, named Lou Ann Savely. When I was younger, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She required surgery, which removed a baseball-size lump from one of her breasts. She endured many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. I can still remember my mom pulling and adjusting her wig while she was dropping me off at a neighbor’s house a few hours after a chemotherapy session. I didn’t understand until I was much older that my mom was going to job interviews.

As an adult, I couldn’t imagine the burden that was placed on her during that time. We had escaped an abusive household with my father and moved from California to Nevada. We thankfully had my grandmother to help us through this difficult time. Read More »

Building my Premier business while fighting breast cancer

madelynriverahusband by Madelyn Rivera (Builder, Florida)

I was in a deep, deep cloud when I met Sarah Aybar, who would become my sponsor. I had been diagnosed with breast cancer in April but still had to work full time to help support my family. In October of 2015, right after having a double mastectomy, I made the decision to join Premier.

During my annual exam, the doctor found a lump on my left breast. I wasn’t even thinking of breast cancer. I thought it was just a small cyst, no big deal. Right away I was referred for a mammogram and ultrasound, and I still wasn’t thinking about breast cancer.

In April, I was told to see a breast surgeon immediately. I remember thinking, oh wow, these people are serious. Within two days I was sitting alone in an examination room as the surgeon reviewed my mammogram and ultrasound. He told me that in all his years of experience, he knew this was breast cancer.  I was numb as he went on and on about cancer and what he could do. He said I needed a madelynriveramombiopsy as soon as possible. I left the appointment, concerned only for my son, who is now a 14-year-old honor student, and my husband, a truck driver who is away from home for months at a time. I went back to work and tried to give my best, but I was still numb.Read More »

Counting my breast cancer journey as joy!

by Michele Simmons michelesimmons_pharmacy

(Jeweler, North Carolina)

My story with Premier starts as I was transitioning from triple negative breast cancer survivor to pharmacy school student. After being diagnosed at the age of 33 with breast cancer and scheduled for a lumpectomy with sentinel node biopsy, I found out I was pregnant one week prior to the lumpectomy. My sentinel node biopsy was changed to maximum axillary node dissection, and results from pathology revealed an aggressive triple negative breast cancer that required six rounds of chemotherapy while pregnant. Normally, it would have been four rounds, but one of the standard agents could not be used due to my pregnancy.Read More »