MADELINE’S STORY
Surviving cancer while raising a small child

I was diagnosed at the age of 47 with stage I breast cancer. My daughter was 3 years old at the time. I had always gotten mammograms even before I should have and went yearly as parents told us to do. My mother is an ovarian cancer survivor.

On October 25, 2006, I will have survived cancer for 5 years. I had a double mastectomy, 6 months of chemo. I was on Cytoxan, 5FU and Adriamycin and violently nauseous. I did not know that you could get leukemia from certain types of chemo. This is news to me. Because of being aggressive and doing everything to stay alive to raise my daughter, I try to help other people survive cancer also.

While this was going on, I was fired from the company that I worked for. I am in the works of getting cancer laws changed. Once this is done, all of this will have been worthwhile.

Madeline
Houston, Texas

 


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