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Patsy Aynes' Story

27 years and still cancer-free

In 1985 I discovered a very large lump. The doctor diagnosed me with stage 3 breast cancer. I was devastated at the news. I was told that I would need a mastectomy. I decided to have the implant done at the same time, which also involved removing 23 lymph nodes.

I was only 46 years old. Because I had the implant and was already post-menopausal, the doctor decided to give me an experimental drug called tamoxifen. I also had the other side reduced, taking away the chance of it coming back.

Now, 27 years later, I can truly say I have been cancer-free all this time. I love every day and thank God for making me a full-fledged survivor.

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