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  1. I’m a stage IV metastatic breast cancer lifer. In 2008 I was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer (stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma of the right breast) and (DCIS of the left breast). ER/ PR+ HER2~ . I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy with abdominal flap reconstruction, which turned out perfect. Thanks to my surgeon Dr. Sullivan ( my Hero). I received the greatest care from The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans. The only problem with having the immediate reconstruction surgery was fighting with the insurance company which took over two months to get the authorization. I then had six months of chemotherapy and was on tamoxifen for five years. In between that time I also had a complete hysterectomy. In 2014 my fifth year -I was diagnosed with stage IV Mets .. To the lung and intrathoracic lymph nodes. One of the hardest things for me was having to give up my job. I also had to sell my house and move out of state back home with family. The Grass is not always greener on the other side. I hear so many people say I can’t wait to stop working or retire. It’s not for me! I was a RN and loved patient care ( just not being the patient ). I’m extremely grateful for my family and friends. Most days that is my saving grace. But it’s hard – in that I do not look sick nor do I want to complain about not feeling well – extremely fatigued or having pain or just not feeling good! It is totally different from my initial diagnosis with breast cancer to being diagnosed with stage IV. I would love to help in anyway that I can! My biggest words of advice is to be your own best advocate and to become as educated as possible regarding this disease. Knowledge is power!

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