Hear the story of a 17 year Breast Cancer survivor who had to under go a radical mastectomy.
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My name is Joanne Chisolm. I found that I had cancer back in April of 2003. I was doing a self breast exam and I found something, so two weeks later, I came at the shower and I said to my husband, “Honey, this feels strange, it felt bigger.” So he said, “Well, go to the doctor.” And they referred me to Doctor Paul Brown. I made the appointment probably like the end of third week in April. So I get to his office, I was scared as a whit, and that knows screaming it was Linda, I can't remember here last name but she was so helpful. I was shaking. She came back then I knew what she was going to tell me when I found I had breast cancer. I have get to a lump x-ray. I have the surgery the first week in May. I was home recovering. It was really hard. But let me tell you the real thing that it got me—I was at work. I work for the posting carrier celebrations department, you know weddings, and I am came back to work, I was so devastated. I called my husband, my co-workers and know. I was just sitting there stunned, and I don’t even pray or anything, I was just stunned. So the first week in May they did the surgery, them I went to chemo. I had a wonderful surgeon who was Doctor Paul Brown and an excellent chemo doctor which is Doctor Luabe. What I did, I stayed positive the whole time. I didn’t want anybody negative around me. my family was really there for me. After the first chemo treatment, I want to scratch hair, and it came out in my hand. So I said to my husband, “Honey, my hair is about deprived.” So what he did, he wrapped my hair head that all of my hair came off so, he will look and he says, “Well, we bald up the head alike” and that just made me laugh, and he will tell you I stay positive the whole time. I refused to around negative people and a lot of straight came from my husband, my kids and my family they were always there for me. Somebody was there each of everyday, and my husband explains to my children what cancer was and how you treat and all of this. But like I said, the main thing they stay positive and I stay focused, and I just knew it in my heart that I was going to be okay, and with the help of God, a strong family ties, everyday, and now people looked at me today and never knew that I had cancer. I kind like a living testimony and lot of people looked after to me because they can’t believe that I was just—and I will tell you. I’d never cried. Every time I wanted to, I just refused to cry like I said, 100% positive and focus and make myself get through this and I did.
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