My story of hope is about our mentally disabled daughter who developed breast cancer. Sarah is now 31 years old and she was diagnosed at 29 years. Sarah had a lack of oxygen at birth so is unable to speak and has the mind of a child. She cannot read or write and doesn't understand what has happened to her.
An obvious lump appeared on the top of her left breast so we took her to the doctor and he sent us to the hospital. Sarah could not cope with a mammogram so had an ultrasound and a biopsy which was all very scary for her because of the procedure, not because of what it would mean. She was diagnosed on November 9, 2005 with Invasive Ductal Cancer. On December 2, 2005 Sarah had a mastectomy and lymph node removal. On December 22nd we were told that Sarah had more than 20 lymph nodes positive for cancer and a "poor prognosis" with a maximum amount of 18 months to live. I cannot explain to you our depth of sorrow but Sarah recovered well and was happy. She did not understand what any sadness would mean so life carried on as normal as possible and she gave us strength. She was unable to have chemo or radiotherapy as she has severe behavourial problems at times and would not keep still at all. She is on Tamoxifen.
As you can tell by the date it is almost 2 years since her diagnosis. She has outlived her prognosis and is very, very well so take heart -- prayers can be answered, only God's prognosis counts!! May God give all who reads this strength to cope.
October 11, 2007