Breast Cancer Survivor - Brenda Smeyne's Story Video

Brenda is a 7 year breast cancer survivor researched her diagnosis on internet and discussed it with her doctor.
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I found out in June of 2000. In fact, I was had done — been exercising and I was undressing and getting to take a shower and I noticed some dimpling in my left breast. And I thought that was kind of weird and I thought maybe the sports bra had done it. So I watch it over the weekend and sort it of that did not go away. Monday morning and I get on phone and I called the doctor and explained what happened. And ride away, I believe I save my life by doing that. I’m just being aware of my own body and checking myself periodically and knowing what my body was like and noticing when something was different. And when it end, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my whole life took a whole different prospectively you can say. And I immediately got on the internet and started searching everything I could about the breast cancer. What the treatments were. What options I have for reconstruction. And decided, you know, from the internet I decided what I wanted. And when I went to my surgeon I said this is what I would like to do. Is this agreeable to used? Do you have any problems with what I have decided? And he said, “No, I wish more patients would understand what they want so that they can better deal with it themselves and progress forward faster.” And so it was like okay. So I get what I want in a best situation and so anyway, I went through all the chemo and one of the things that I was always aware of is you know. I wanted to be better. I did not want to feel sickly. And so I just kept a positive attitude. I guess the message is be your own advocate. Learn as much as you possibly can about what your condition is, what your options are and know that even though you’re going through some hard times with the treatments and stuff that it will end. And there is life after chemo. Its definitely life after chemo.

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