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MICHELLE – BREAST CANCER

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I was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 4 in 2004, actually on my 36th birthday.
It’s been a long journey and I continue to fight back.
In 2005 I had a bilateral mastectomy.
In 2008 I was to discover yet another cancer, uterine cancer.
In 2009 I had a reoccurrence at stage 4 in thesame breast area although I no longer had breasts and it’s metastatic.
I am now a four-time cancer survivor.
There have been many treatments of various types but my family and I, along with a loving supportive group of friends continue on fighting.

All in all, the journey has taught me a lot of things about myself, about other people and how to just live life to the fullest while I can.

Because of this experience, I’ve decided to be proactive in helping others become aware of the importance of early detection.
I feel the need to give back because I don’t want another woman to feel the terror that I felt when I heard those words, “You have cancer.”

EDITORS NOTE: In the Spring of 2012, Michelle lost her battle with Cancer.