My Cancer Story

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My story starts back in the 70s when my mom had uterine cancer. She had surgery and was told she would be fine. In 1980 she was diagnosed with cancer of the retina and had her right eye removed. Then in 1984 her hip kept popping out at work so she went to the chiropractor, and x-rays showed that she had bone cancer throughout her body. Her bones looked like swiss cheese. Then she found out she had breast cancer that had metastasized into bone cancer. She underwent chemo and radiation for a long time, but never went into remission and died on January 16, 1986.

During mom’s illness, my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. He had his right lung removed in 1985 but the cancer had moved to his brain and he passed away on November 26, 1986.

I have had seven breast lumps removed, and have done everything I can to stay healthy and cancer-free. But during my last physical on October 25, 2011, I was given the news that I had colon cancer. On November 2nd I had six inches of colon removed, and I’m now going through chemo. Both of my daughters have been diagnosed with cervical cancer and have undergone surgery and treatment. But I am a survivor and will never give up the fight.

Karen
Sheboygan, WI

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