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My name is Charlotte King and I am a 3 ½ year
triple negative breast cancer survivor and I feel amazing! That’s easy
to say now but 3 ½ years ago, I didn’t know what to expect.
My journey began in January 2013 when I felt a lump the size of a pea
in my left breast after being cleared by my doctor the month before.
However, my time then was being spent taking care of my brother who had
been diagnosed with cancer six months prior
so I had no time for what I had found. Eventually I had a mammogram
and ultrasound which confirmed the lump I felt and a biopsy which
confirmed that it was indeed triple negative breast cancer. I had lymph
nodes removed but thank God the cancer had not spread
to them so I was diagnosed as Stage 1. I remember sitting in the room
at my doctor’s office not really paying attention to her, kind of in a
daze but realizing that my life would never be the same after that. The
hardest part was telling my husband, parents,
and two daughters. In May 2013, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy
with reconstruction followed by 8 rounds of chemotherapy. After the
second round of chemo, my hair started falling out and that for me was
the hardest part to deal with both emotionally and
psychologically. During chemo, I would see my plastic surgeon on
opposite weeks that I would have chemo. After I finished chemo and my
hair started growing back, the expanders were taken out and replaced
with implants. I’m now on cruise control with my
plastic surgeon, breast oncologist and breast surgeon. My faith,
family and friends have gotten me through my journey along with a
special group of ladies, my Sisters of Hope. Every day I wake up, I
thank God for another day that He’s allowed me to have.
I take one day at a time and I don’t look back. My life is better now
than it was before. I know that sounds crazy, but when you go through
such a journey, you can’t help but feel blessed beyond measure!
It Has Been A Journey.......
It really has been...from the moment I found the lump to now.... I have tried to be very clinical about it.. and I guess.. being a nurse.. that is natural....But honestly... I have never been scared.... or worried that this was it for me.....I know that God is not done with me... so I knew this would not be my final chapter.
But I reflect on things now...I cannot imagine how my parents felt when I told them of my diagnosis... I mean they are parents... they hear "cancer" and that is it.... and I don't blame them.... if I had a kid.... and I had to hear that..... man...I would not have handled it as well as mine did......
My body looks different..... I mean with clothes on..... I was a 40D..... lol..... I know a lot of people would not have thought that,,,,, but I was.... now.... just one drain ...and no binder...I find myself looking at the aftermath of a bilateral mastectomy....I don't cry.... I don't wish they were there.... but yeah....it is a very different landscape now..it is uneven... lumpy...scabbed... bruised....I really don't even relate to it as a part of me... but more like a picture in a book.......
I feel pretty good actually.... I get tired easy..... and I am a little weird about going out with a drain.... because it is kind of obvious..... and I guard my chest if I am in public so no one bumps me or whatever...I think I will feel better once I am more healed.... because I sure hate feeling weak....
I miss working.... that is what has always given me a purpose.... always made me feel like I was ok...... I was hoping to come back to work by the 10th, but it doesn't look promising..... I miss my co workers.... I miss my patients...... I miss just being Kathy LPN........
I have been so blessed with the people that have taken the time to care..... to talk.... to listen.... I mean..... I am really blessed...... so many amazing people ...... that care about me????? Wow...... Every "like" on a comment or status..... it means the world to me..... people that have called..... texted..... came by to check on me...... you sure know how to make a person feel such an amazing love.....
I just needed to vent.... not to anyone in particular...... just vent.........
Kathy Michaloff is a two time breast cancer survivor
Stacy Murray-Medcalf is the Coordinator for The Cause, Inc., who is an advocate for health resource awareness.
She is a 12-year breast cancer survivor.
Survived Breast Cancer over 20 years
In Loving Memory of Mattie J. Estep
IN LOVING MEMORY OF DIANNE THOMPSON
BREAST, LUNG AND BRAIN CANCER
SHE LIVED EVERYDAY CONCERNED ABOUT THE WELL-BEING OF OTHERS, NEVER PUTTING HERSELF FIRST. SHE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT. SHE FINISHED HER COURSE.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF GWEN WILSON
BREAST CANCER, LUNG CANCER, BRAIN CANCER
SHE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT; SHE FINISHED HER COURSE
Breast Cancer Information:
What is breast cancer?
cancer is cancer that forms in cells of the breast. The breast consists of
lobules (glands that make breast milk), ducts (small tubes that carry milk from
the lobules to the nipple), fatty and connective tissue, blood vessels and
milk-producing ducts and glands are the two most likely areas to develop
cancerous cells. In rare cases, breast cancer begins in fatty tissues, also
known as stromal tissues. Breast cancer may also occur in surrounding lymph
nodes, especially those of the underarm.
cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among American women. One in eight
women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. But advances in
breast cancer treatment mean many women can expect to beat the disease and
maintain their physical appearance.
Breast cancer incidence
to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight women who live to be age 80 will
develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This makes the disease the second most
commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, after skin cancer. An estimated
231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the
United States in 2015.
in four cancers diagnosed in the U.S. is breast cancer, yet women are not the
only ones receiving the diagnosis. Although the incidence of breast cancer is
much less common among men, approximately 2,350 American men will learn they
have breast cancer this year.
cancer is one of the most highly publicized cancers in the media today. Local
and national breast cancer awareness events are reminders of its prevalence.
Many of us know someone who previously had or is currently battling breast
cancer. Fortunately, advancements in breast cancer research provide new
treatment options and technologies for those battling the disease.
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