Joanne is a 4 year survivor breast cancer who discovered her cancer in a yearly mammogram and caught it in the early stages.
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I have a lot of family history of different cancers and I actually lost my mother 24 years ago to breast cancer and my mother’s youngest sister is a 23 years survivor of breast cancer. Four years ago, I went for just my yearly checkup and my gynecologist call me one day and says Jo Anne, we need to repeat your mammogram or your mammogram suspicious looking. I need to — well first of all I need to talk to you so I thought I will. I’ve had to repeat before, no big deal. So I’d called her and she said your mammogram had change to good deed from last year. She said, so “I had to seeing you a surgeon and let him see about doing a biopsy.” and she said, “If you’d got a preference?”I said, “No, I’ve never had to anything like this.” So she set her surgeon for me and my husband and I went to him and sit down and talk with him. And he went over things and then told me that he wanted to do the biopsy so we set all that up and have that done and went back a few days later. And he set us down and we’ve spoken with me. And I just stop and I said, “You the words your telling me I have breast cancer.” He said, “Well, wait a minute. I want you to understand fully. Number one we have cultures in early stages.” and I was very blessed a mammogram. Because I have a yearly mammogram status what called mine. And the other thing was, because I thought well I’m going to want a second opinion. He said, “The other thing I want you to know about me, I’m not just about trying my Christian.” And when he said that, I had complete piece. I thought I have been put into the right hands. And so I had full faith in him. I was blessed in so many ways because my doctor, Dr. Bradget, had just finish training for a new procedure for breast cancer. He had been training in — or doing training in and had assisted with doctors in through this procedure used in what they call a mannoside. And he said, “You might possibly be a candidate but it depends on margins and all that we wont know until the day we do your surgery.” So when we ended surgery and when I came out from surgery and came to and he said, “You’re definitely a candidate and we had done the complete procedure.” Had a lumpectomy so they just removed the initial tumor. They put in the mannoside. I think they do that different now but they put it in the day I had mine and the mannoside is like a catheter that they put in to one side. And it has a little pink balloon and that balloon sits in to the cavity where your tumor is removed and its filled with celine to keep that blown out. And I was able to do the brand new radiation treatment instead to having to go for six weeks. I was able to go for five days. No problem with it. We insert a rod into the catheter and on the end of the rod was a little radiation beak and that would sit inside that balloon and the radiation would go directly to the spot where my tumor was removed. And I had two treatments a day. I have one in the morning and six hours later, I would have another one. At the time I say you do it for five days straight, and I walk back and forth everyday with my husband or family or friends took me. Because at that time my father was dying of melanoma cancer. So I want to be there as much with him as I could. And at the fifth day, that afternoon when I finished up they removed the catheter and I was declined. I had no side effects; I’d got it all great. I know everyone is not a candidate like I was. A lot of people snitch. I have done this, have been able to do the same procedure. I would recommend it for anyone that cant do it. I just sorry for everybody does not have that chance but I have been blessed in so many ways.