Cancer Survival: Facing Fear and Winning the Battle

Today’s Guest post is by Sandi. You can learn a a little more about her at the end of this post.

My Story

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2004 i unexpectedly lost my beautiful mommy from a complicated surgery when she suddenly went into cardiac arrest as i held her in my arms.  What a slap in the face!  10 months later i lost my dad as he just died in his sleep, what a peaceful way to go.  In 2006 i became pregnant with our one and only daughter we were over joyed.  In 2007 i was diagnosed at the age of 34 with stage 3 locally advanced breast cancer.  Thereafter i came face to face with the enemy…fear…. i was in for a ride.

In the midst of taking a shower i felt a hard lump i began to squeeze the lump and after a few days it started to drip blood and felt sore.  At the time i just imagined that it was sore from just having a new baby(boy was i wrong) the drips of blood is what would startle me.  A week goes by and the drips would get more intense so i quickly make an appointment to see my OB-GYN.  She performed an exam on me and could not get anywhere with the results thereafter she immediately sent me for an appointment with a different doctor which was a mammogram.  Then i would be introduced to another doctor where she would perform a biopsy and then sent me away to wait for my results.

With the anticipation, and anxiety of waiting and all of the new doctors that i were introduced to in that week would not have prepared me for the news i was about to receive.  The phone rings….Mrs. McKenzie come to my office and bring at least two people with you, and you know the rest Mrs. McKenzie you have breast cancer…..WHAT!  As i held my 4 month old daughter my world just went black, it was as if my life had been taken away from me in an instant(was i just over reacting).   But my daughter needs me and i want to be there for her… The fight is on!

Fast forward i had chemotherapy, radiation, a double mastectomy, reconstruction etc.  These drugs were so powerful and had such and effect on my body that i had to discontinue at least one of the eight chemotherapy treatments, the side effects were crucial.

All of the cancer, it’s 1000 side effects, the anxiety, the stress of being limited in taking care of a new baby that i had to endure, i don’t regret one moment knowing that i had Christ and today i am so grateful that i am here to share my story.  Doctors said that me becoming pregnant was a big reason that the lump grew faster, so i say that my daughter is my angel sent from God and He is so amazing.

I would not dare forget my family, my husband was amazing, i don’t know how he puts up with me at times ;) my beautiful sisters, friends, and my doctors at St. Vincents were so amazingly awesome and i am so grateful for them all.  My life will never be the same.

Cancer is serious do not ignore any warning signs please get examined it could save your life.

Thank you for reading my story and don’t forget to share it!

My story is also featured  HERE

S.M.

Sandi is a cancer survivor, mother, and blogger. You can find Sandi on her blog at: A Fearless Mama

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  1. Wow! Fantastic story. Thanks for sharing…

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