How did you first find out you had cancer?
1st Time: I went for my well woman exam. My primary care doctor noticed a difference in my breast and scheduled a mammogram.
17 years later: I sneezed really hard one day and felt like I broke a rib. My husband pestered me to go to the doctor and get it checked. My primary care doctor ordered a chest X-ray and it showed not only a broken rib but fluid in my left lung. Many tests later confirmed the beast returned and metastasized to my lungs, bones, and now my liver.
How did you react when you heard the news?
1st time: I remember thinking, “I’m too young for this!” I was 32
17 years later: I was driving home in 5:00 traffic — again, I remember thinking, “crap, I’m still too young for this!” I am 49.
What course of treatment were you prescribed?
1st time: I had a lumpectomy with an axillary node dissection. 8 cycles of chemotherapy, and 30 treatments of radiation.
17 years later: I’ve had 6 rounds of hormone therapy and will most likely start some sort of chemotherapy soon.
What most surprised you about your treatment?
1st time: Like my sister said, “I was shocked that I could feel so bad and still be functioning!”
17 years: I am surprised how tired 3 shots a month make me feel!
What would your advice be to anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis?
We all experience fear and feeling overwhelmed. Attitude makes a big difference.
How long have you been cancer free?
17 years almost to the day!!
What lessons did you learn from the experience?
My attitude makes a big difference. Life is worth fighting for. God never gives us more than we can handle!
If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there – what would it be?
Who and what you are is good enough! You are worthy and wonderful! Live, Love, Laugh!
Robin, 49, is a 17 year breast cancer survivor. She has been married to her soul mate for 4 ½ yeas and is the mother to a two four legged canine babies, Ginger and Macy. Robin currently works as an executive assistant for the Boy Scouts of America National Foundation. She continues to work full time, live a full life and has a wonderful attitude despite having her stage IV diagnosis. She desires to help that they may have cancer, but cancer does not have them. Attitude can make all the difference in this battle.
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