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Survivor Stories 2013: Adrian McClenney

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Survivor Stories 2013:
Adrian McClenney

1. How did you first find out you had cancer?

After being misdiagnosed for 5 months I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer on May 19th 2011. My cancer did not show up on my mammogram because this rare but aggressive type of breast cancer doesn’t always show up on mammograms. My breast cancer was found by a biopsy of the breast because a ultrasound/sonogram did not diagnose the cancer.

2. How did you react when you heard the news?

My reaction to my diagnosis was an overwhelming but numb feeling. Laying on the table my kids were all I could think of. I asked God to allow me to be here with them because they need me.

3. What course of treatment were you prescribed?

My diagnosis treatment was 16 cycles of chemotherapy, Bilateral mastectomy with 17 lympnodes removed, 37 radiation treatments, total hysterectomy and a tram flap reconstruction surgery with a few more surgeries coming up in the near future.

4. What most surprised you about your treatment?

What surprised me the most about the treatments are the side effects to the medicine. Loss of hair, numbness in my body, sleepless nights, my fingernails and the bottom of my feet were discolored and my vision was very much affected. I now suffer from Lymphedema as well.

5. What would your advice be to anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis?

My advice to a newly diagnosed cancer patient would be  to stay calm and listen carefully to the doctor for instructions and information about the diagnosis. Know that with all of the new research and medicines that you can live because cancer is not a death sentence.

6. How long have you been cancer free?

I have been cancer free since March of 2012.

7. What lessons did you learn from the experience?

The lessons I have learned from this experience is to appreciate everything and everybody. Patience and respect is a very important asset and this is a lesson I have learned with my diagnosis.

8. If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there – what would it be?

The message I want to send to the Good Enough  Mothers would be to Live life to the fullest. Never ever put off anything that you can do today. Life is precious and appreciate every moment and  everyone that has been put in your life because you may not think so but its for a reason. A cancer treatment is a hard pill to swallow but I have swallowed my pill and digested it and you can to.

My name is Adrian McClenney a 43 year old Wife, Mother, Grandmother and friend. I am a loving individual who love to help others. I have been married for 16 years. I have a son in college and a daughter in middle school. I love cooking and enjoying family events as much as possible.

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