Posts made in January, 2012

Melissa Heselmeyer

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Melissa Heselmeyer

My name is Melissa Heselmeyer, and I am a 3 year breast cancer survivor. My journey began in September of 2008 when I discovered a lump in my breast while taking a shower. I was 27 years old with a little boy who wasn’t even a year old. I went to see my ob/gyn and although he assured me that it was probably just a fibroadenoma he sent me in for an ultrasound. After the ultrasound, I decided to have a lumpectomy to see what was going on. That was on October 1, 2008. On October 8th I went to my surgeon’s office to get the results of the biopsy. Everyone kept telling me that it was nothing, just a cyst, so when my surgeon told me it was cancer, I was shocked. It...

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Leslie Williams

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

Leslie Williams

My name is Leslie Williams, and I am a Survivor! I had my first baseline mammogram at the age of 35. I came back at the age of 40 as recommended, and my mammogram was negative. In late 2009, at the age of 41, I went two months past my yearly exam after discovering a lump in my left breast. I was almost too busy that year to get a timely mammogram. That’s when I found out I had breast cancer. Stage1 breast cancer changed my life forever. But it wasn’t for the worst. My faith in God and being a Christian sustained me through it all. This experience also revealed who my friends and family truly were. Because of breast cancer walks, events and research funding I was...

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Rachel Wickman

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Blog | 7 comments

Rachel Wickman

My name is Rachel Wickman.  I am 37 years old, married to Chris (the love of my life!) for 4 years, mom of Riley (3) and Eli (2) and I have Stage IV Breast Cancer.  You may ask yourself how this happens.  I know I have!  How does a young(ish!) mother of two with everything to live for end up with a terminal illness?  Well for me it started when I was pregnant with Eli. Prologue – I’ve always participated in breast cancer events.  My father’s mother died of breast cancer, so I usually ran the Komen 5K in memory of her, the Camellia Crossing 5K for the Miles Perret Center here in Lafayette, etc.  But I never thought it would be for me… July 2009 – I...

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Sherry Taylor

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Sherry Taylor

Reaching my 5 year survivor anniversary makes me look back at how far I’ve come after being diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer and receiving a lumpectomy.  Do I dare call it an adventure? After being told I did not have BC but seeking a second opinion only to find It really was did teach  me to trust my inner self and God’s intervention. Receiving Chemo for hours at a time made me learn to sit quietly even though my mind was racing telling me to run run run. Radiation treatments…35…of them,  just driving up to the parking spot that had a sign “Cancer Patient” made me seek further away parking. Was this a state of denial? No! it...

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Amber Biggs

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Amber Biggs

My name is Amber Biggs, and I am 35 years old.  I have done the Susan G Komen 3-Day 3 times so far and am signed up for my 4th year this coming year.  I do this walk for many reasons.  I started doing it originally at the urging of my sister-in-law.  She had lost her mother to breast cancer and I was like, “Wow! I could so be in that position.”  It could be my mother, my grandmother, or it could be me!  Thankfully I have never had breast cancer and pray I never do.  I have known others who have lost their lives from it though.  One was a mom to three young children.  Still hurts when I think what they have had to go thru. Another reason is...

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