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My Story

Gail | age 67
Kindergarten Teacher
Greenwood, SC
13 years, 2 months since her MammoSite treatment.

I first learned that I had cancer in my right breast in 1995 when I was 43 years old. After the initial shock and ďwhy me?Ē I decided to have a lumpectomy followed by chemotherapy and traditional radiation treatment. I was on an emotional roller coaster ride during this whole process, but with the support of my husband, 9-year-old son, and God, I survived. I wanted to see my son graduate from high school, so I had to stay positive and God answered prayers! When my hair started falling out during chemotherapy, my husband shaved my head, and then both he and my son shaved their heads to show their love and support for me. When I would get down and start to feel sorry for myself, their love and Godís would pull me through. During the traditional six weeks of radiation treatment, I began to feel tired after the third week. My skin began to feel like it had been under a sunlamp for about 10 hours. The skin of my breast was sore to the touch and very uncomfortable. It was a long treatment and a tough battle, but I finally got through it all. My hair grew back, but all of my husbandís hair didnít.

In August 2006, cancer was found in my left breast. After another round of shock and despair, I decided again to have a lumpectomy. My doctor informed me about the new MammoSite partial breast radiation treatment that could be done with five days worth of radiation instead of the six weeks that I had gone through before. I decided to go with MammoSite. Again, with the support of my family and God, I was able to continue with my normal life after five days of treatment. It was a breeze. I am so glad that I had this option because I didnít feel any pain when the balloon and catheter was inflated or removed. That balloon was my balloon of hope! If I can help any woman ease her fears or if I can answer any questions about this procedure, then I truly believe that this is what God wants me to do. The secret is to always stay positive and always have hope. You can survive!

This profile is solely the words of the person who received MammoSite Targeted Radiation Therapy to treat breast cancer. Note that this profile is specific to this particular person, and experiences will vary.