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Thought For Sure I Was Not Going To Make It

Meet Rosa, Diagnosed At 48 With Stage 1B, ER+ HER2- Breast Cancer

Hi, My name is Rosa. I was diagnosed at 48 with Stage 1B, ER+ HER2- Breast Cancer.

This is my story.

In April, 2018 I was diagnosed with cancer in my left breast.

They found five tumors there.

I had a lumpectomy and one lymph node dissection, but did not have clear margins.

​I caught an abscess (a swollen area within body tissue, containing an accumulation of pus and fluid) in the wound, which resulted in 2 months of antibiotics.

I had lots of packing and it was an incredibly painful experience. In June, I had the left breast.

After surgery and clear margins, I was negative for cancer.

Everything was removed...Stage 1B.

Onco score 30.

I did 4 rounds of chemotherapy (the TC regiment), from July to September.

I lost my hair...

I lost my mind...

I cried every day.

I am on to the Aromataise inhibitor (AI) Letrozole.

What a nightmare!!!

I have excessive joint pain and underwent 16 rounds of radiation rads. My cancer was close to the chest wall and skeletal muscle.

On my right side there was no trace of cancer... so I didn’t have it removed...

But now I have fibroadenoma, which is the most common type of benign breast tumors. Most don't increase your risk of breast cancer, although women of any age can develop fibroadenomas. They usually occur in younger, premenopausal women.

​I will be removing the right breast next month, followed by reconstruction.

Thought for sure I was not going to make it.

I survived.

I am doing OK...


I thank God every day.

Thank you for sharing your story, Rosa. SBC loves you! Resources & Support:

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