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From Darkness Into Light

Topic: My diagnosis
Created September 23rd, 2009, filed in Stage 1 Breast Cancer

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at a relatively young age, I was shocked. I ate healthy foods, exercised regularly, and my relatives had long, healthy life spans.

I had no reason to think I would get cancer.

My initial reaction to diagnosis was that of despair and hopelessness. I endured chemotherapy, radiation, and a preventive double mastectomy with reconstruction (DIEP flap).

These were dark times.

Now, though, I reflect back and have used my cancer experience to help others advocate for their own needs. It makes me feel good to offer advice on navigating the medical system.

For specifics, please visit my blog at www.bethlgainer.blogspot.com.

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