Tina's Survivor Story

This is Tina

We love Tina 

 

We’re really grateful that we get to come into the office and work with Tina every day, especially considering she’s a breast cancer survivor.

Just like every survivor’s story Tina’s is unique and we’d like to share it in her own words because it’s a story with a valuable lesson.

At one time or another we have all thought, “Oh that will never happen to me”.

When I was 21 I fell in love with my best friend; a few years later we married and I thought to myself, “Life can’t get any better than this.”  But as the years ticked by, I was unable to become pregnant.  After years and many doctors and surgeries, I was finally accepted to a study to go through invitro.

I thought this was a tough process but I had no clue what tough was until 4 years after I had been blessed with my daughter and I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  It was so serious that the doctor called me at work, demanding that I contact a surgeon and get in right away. I thought, “How did this happen?”  I mean seriously, I had just been blessed with this beautiful little girl! 

In 2003, I went through surgeries and radiation. Because of the early detection, the Cancer had not spread to my lymph nodes.  I had to take a prescription for 5 years which also kicked me into early menopause but the reality is, “I’m Alive”.

What did I learn from this experience? “Never take anything for granted.” Early detection is why I am here today and was able to see my beautiful, precious daughter graduate in 2017.  You don’t have to be 50 to get breast cancer; I was only 36.  Listen to your body, read the signs!  It could save your life.

There you have it, Tina’s Story. Like all good stories, it stays in your mind after you finish it because it has meaning, a lesson you can learn from it. That lesson is this: early detection and treatment saves lives and when you save a life, you can never stop counting the further blessings it will bring. We’re blessed to be able to work with Tina, just as she is blessed with being able to be a mother for her daughter and watch her grow as she herself moves into adulthood.

 

Blessings are best shared so we wanted to give you some information that could one day save a life you love.

 

Go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation website and sign up to receive the Breast Health Guide, with advice on healty habits, signs and symptoms and early detection tips.

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

Visit the MD Anderson website to learn about and schedule a Breast Cancer Screening Exam

https://www.mdanderson.org/prevention-screening/get-screened/breast-cancer-screening.html

Learn the Facts from the American Cancer Society

http://pressroom.cancer.org/2017-09-28-October-is-Breast-Cancer-Awareness-Month-What-You-Need-to-Know-and-How-You-Can-Help

Find out how to give yourself a at-home breast self-exam (40% of breast cancer is found by a woman who noticed a lump)

https://www.everydayhealth.com/pictures/cancer-screenings-every-woman-should-know-about/#02

 

 

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