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On November 5, 2009 at the age of 37 years I was diagnosed with Stage 1 invasive breast cancer. My story is unique in that if I hadn’t asked my physician at my annual physical in October 2009 about when I should start getting mammograms, I would have never known I had breast cancer until it was possibly too late.
My doctor nor I felt a lump. God intervened when I discussed my family cancer history with my doctor. That communication saved my life. My cancer was very aggressive as often times it is in younger people. After several more tests and consultations at KU Med, I had a double mastectomy with tissue expander implants placed for future reconstruction on December 15, 2009.
I started chemo in January of 2010 and had a total of 8 rounds and 3 different kinds. I then had radiation starting the end of May and finished on June 25th after 28 treatments. This day was also the first Relay for Life that I participated in and I was able to walk my very first “survivor” lap. Tears of joy and relief overcame me. I am still taking Tamoxifen and Zoladex injections. I will for another 3 years. I am down to seeing my oncologist every 6 months.
I certainly could not have gotten through this ordeal without the love of my husband, family, dear friends and the many great people at CCMC. I also had great doctors. Most of all I give credit to the good Lord. I truly believe there was a reason God chose a path of cancer for me. I questioned Him at first but very quickly accepted that He knows best and had a bigger plan and purpose.
~ Sara Beikman, RN, BSN, Infection Control/Employee Health