Thank you may be the most wonderful words you ever whisper.
I wish I could say thank you more often. I should thank my wife, my nurse, and my God everyday. God restores my soul to me each morning, for which I am grateful. I should thank Him. My wife loves me and marries me anew each and every day. I should thank her with more than just a wink and a smile. My nurse takes care of you, my patients, and ensures that your pain is controlled, that your wounds heal, and that your spirits remain high. I should thank her more often.
Breast cancer is an umbrella term we use to describe hundreds of different types of localized cancers. While there are five broad categories of breast cancer, each cancer is unique and requires its own, specialized treatment plan. Some cancers are more aggressive than others, which means your treatment plan may not require surgery as the first step.
We have come so far and we are so close to the dream of a breast cancer free world. We discovered the estrogen receptor and created tamoxifen to shut it down. We discovered the Her2 receptor (the most deadly of breast cancers) and created Herceptin to shut it down. We can now kill most breast cancers and stop many of them in their tracks.The vast majority of breast cancers can now be fended off for a long time, giving women the opportunities to experience life with their families. Mothers now have the chance to watch their daughters grow up and become mothers themselves.
After a simple Google search, Evelyn was petrified. She had just read an article that claimed breast cancer was contagious. It was also caused by wearing deodorant and underwire bras multiplied breast cancer cells. The electrical wires carrying Internet to her house also caused breast cancer! So did eating sugar and drinking soda!
Imelda is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society. Nurse Practitioner (NP) Margulies earned her Master of Science in Nursing with Honors from East Tennessee State University (1998) and her Bachelor os Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1991). NP Margulies as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 1999 and is licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the State of Tennessee.
Leslie received a preliminary breast cancer diagnosis only a few days ago, but she was already afraid of what the road to recovery entailed. Although she was very grateful her condition was treatable, she was not looking forward to experiencing chemotherapy and its grueling side effects, specifically that of hair loss and vomiting. Did the treatments hurt? They might. Leslie wasn’t sure and the unknown worried her. Her family and friends were quick to show their love and support when they heard the news. Her husband and her surgeon promised to walk with her every step of the way. She knew she could count on them to make the burden of cancer a little bit lighter; but it was still a burden, and she was the one who would have to bear the brunt of it.
Shortly after they celebrated their third year anniversary, Mary Jane and her husband, Alan, made plans to start a family. After a year of trying to conceive, Mary Jane made an appointment with her gynecologist to make sure everything was in working order before she and her husband tried again the next month. During her examination, Mary Jane’s doctor noticed a mass in her breast and scheduled an ultrasound directed biopsy. The lab results revealed cancer. Mary Jane, only 34 years old, was shocked. How could this happen to her at such a young age? What would her husband think? Would they even be able to have children now? Mary Jane was heartbroken.