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Maria Chambers' Story

Laugh, Live & Love

Living each day like it’s my last.

I like to laugh at myself and have been doing so a lot these days, so I am going to share this with you, my special friends and family. I am kinda young to be getting new breast, don’t you think? OK, so here is the deal. Ever since I turned 30 (OK, so I am a bit older than 30 now). I was told to get yearly mammograms and do self-exams, etc. I did it all; however, I received a call from my doctor about a year ago to tell me I had some strange stuff going on in the breast, so again I followed all the rules biopsy and more biopsy. On Nov. 23, I did two more biopsies; it was rough but I still laughed at myself and helped with the Turkey Day affairs. So on Dec 9, I had my follow-up doctor visit and was given the news, I found out that I have breast cancer. At that moment, I felt my world come caving in or so I thought, but then my husband walked in, and the doctor shared the news with him. We looked into each other’s eyes, me with the tears and he said “You are going to be all right!!” The doctor explained that my only option was to have them removed and get new ones, so again laughter! “Ni-i-i-i-ce,” my hubby said, then told the doctor to please advise the surgeon not to skimp on the implants! So we left the doctor's office on a high note.

Ladies do the right thing, because early detection saves lives!

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