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A Friend's Experience Saved My Life

Please feel free to share my experience with anyone you know.

I remembered Phyllis. I demanded a biopsy. The biopsy took twenty minutes under local anesthetic. My insurance covered 100% of the cost. The tumor was malignant. I had a lumpectomy and radiation.

Many years ago this month, my friend Phyllis went to her doctor.

"Doc," she said, "there's a lump in my breast."

"There, there sweetie," quoth the doc. "It's nothing. Come back and see me in 6 months."

Six months later, Phyllis's cancer had metastasized into her bones. She died soon thereafter.

Thirteen years ago, I felt a lump. Not one but two doctors told me it could not be cancer because

(1) it did not show on the mammogram;

(2) it hurt;

(3) it was mobile;

(4) it was too small.

I remembered Phyllis. I demanded a biopsy. The biopsy took twenty minutes under local anesthetic. My insurance covered 100% of the cost. The tumor was malignant. I had a lumpectomy and radiation.

I am here, thirteen years later. Tomorrow morning, I am having breakfast with Phyllis' mother, as I have done nearly every month since Phyllis died. The day I told her that Phyllis had saved my life? Neither of us ate much that day. And I've promised her I would pass on this story as often as I could.

ALWAYS GET A BIOPSY!

Susan Klee, Berkeley,CA

 

 

 

 

 

 
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