November 2006 I had gone to my OBGYN for my annual checkup and asked to have a mammogram. He said that I could wait a year, but I insisted that I wanted to have one annually. So off to the Radiologist I went, a mass was detected and within two months I had had several more tests, including an MRI needle biopsy. It seemed like it was all happening so fast. I made several visits to the surgeon, plastic surgeon and oncologist who all confirmed all of my fears. February 16, 2007 I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, followed by chemotherapy and two more reconstructive surgeries. I am amazed that in seven short months my life has changed, dramatically, but in so many positive ways!

Through the help of my friends and family, I have been able to continue to be a happy, positive person, and never once thought "why me". I have learned a great deal about who I am, my faith and the undenying determination and caring of my friends, family and coworkers who all stood beside me during this challenge. We have all grown stronger together.

October 2007 there will be 30 of us walking in Cape Coral Making Strides walk. "Elaine's Flames" Burning Bright For Hope!!  --Elaine M. Crabtree, Eustis, FL