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"My name is Dianne and I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 37 years old after giving birth to my second daughter. I thought I had a clogged milk duct. I went to my routine postpartum visit. My OB was concerned with a small amount of dimpling she saw on my breast. She sent me for a mammogram and ultrasound that day. I had both done, and the radiologist told me he was very concerned I had breast cancer, so concerned that he rated me a Birads-5 which is a score 95% indicative of cancer. I went home immediately panicked and went to the internet for support. I came across and read through all the information on the site and looked through the discussion boards reading all I could about breast cancer treatment and what to expect. My biopsy did come back with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I went through 4 rounds of Taxotere and Cytoxan, had 6 reconstructive surgeries and went on Tamoxifen for 4 years. When I was diagnosed I joined a discussion group called 'July Chemo Buddies.' Some of those ladies are still my friends to this day via Facebook.

"Unfortunately, I only remained cancer free for 4 years. This past February I was re-diagnosed stage 4 with metastatic disease to my bones and my liver. I had been having some muscle pain back in December which we all thought was from a new workout I was doing. The pain did not go away after physical therapy so my oncologist sent me for a bone scan which came back positive, then a PET scan which showed metastatic disease to my liver. Once again I returned to looking for people that were in my same situation. Being diagnosed stage 4 is a scary place to be, but reading stories about ladies that are thriving keeps hope alive in me. My daughters are just 6 and 4 -- I have a lot of living I still have to do for them."

-- in_cognito (Dianne), diagnosed at age 37

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