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"I'm Jessica and I was diagnosed with stage III Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer with ductal components on May 29, 2013. I am a nurse and work in a hospital with a big oncology program so I was able to be seen quickly. Less than two weeks after finding the lump, I had my first chemo treatment. I did 4 rounds of Adriamycin and Cytoxin followed by 4 rounds of Taxol. Then I had a bilateral mastectomy (10 of 13 lymph nodes still had disease) with reconstruction followed by 33 radiation treatments. Then I started tamoxifen. In April of this year my oncologist ordered an MRI to screen me for pancreatic cancer (I am BRCA2 and have a family history of pancreatic cancer.) The MRI showed that my pancreas was fine but I had spots on my liver and spine. I am currently taking Ibrance and Femara and XGeva. Luckily I am symptom free from the mets and am not having too many side effects from the meds.

"The hardest part for me is the idea that I may not be here to see my son grow up. He is only three and I can't stand the thought of leaving him. I am determined to beat this and keep doing whatever treatment is necessary until they find a cure.

"What helps me most is knowing I have an amazing oncologist. She is very dedicated to her patients and I know she will keep fighting for me and taking great care of me. I also have an amazing family and group of friends. I too have been amazed by the kindness of strangers. People I don't know have prayed for me and sent letters and cards. It's been incredibly humbling. My faith is also a huge help to me. I know I am in God's hands and that gets me through the tough days."

-- jkelsey4, 3 months metastatic

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