We all have our own journey, struggles, and beliefs.
While our paths may have taken us on a route we didn't won't to take, We all had choices to make.
We have all shed our own amount of tears or reached our own goals and successes at different times and ways.
Some of us may have asked why me? Others may have said why not me.
We all have our own unique stories; however the common theme is....Breast Cancer.
Please take a moment to read in the next following days Our stories of hope, faith,
Courage, strength, determination, resilience.
We have been bound together; We are Pretty in Pink-Sisters in Pink. We are Survivors!
~ Dawn Briggs - Scooters for Hooters Morristown
I had such a wonderful time with all of these ladies and getting to hear their stories.
Meet the beautiful Sherri Murray
"In Aug 2014 , 4 months Shy of my 49th birthday I had recently got new insurance so I decided to get a yearly physical. My Doctor "Says I'd like to send u for a diagnostic mammogram." I said sure ok.
He informed me I was no where near menopause my estrogen levels were nice and high.
Having raised 6 sons, and grandblessings galore, Being a business owner for the past 3 years Still playing co-ed softball And a workaholic well I had plenty of other excuses for being so tired and moody.
September 5th, 2014 at 10 am I went for MY VERY 1st MAMMOGRAM ... 3 hours later after 2 ultrasounds and the infamous breast flattening mammogram ( not as bad as I'd heard it was though) I had been gone less than 15 min.
When my phone rings and a Dr is apologizing for telling me over the phone she needs me to be at oncologist breast surgeon in 5 days, they found some things that causes concern.
Being a suck it up kinda person that's what I do for the next few days. Not long after I arrive I get examined she has films and says WELL, I see alot of this but only about 5% turn out to be anything and she flippidly remarks, as she slaps at my leg...BUT DON'T WORRY even if it turns out to be cancerous YOU'LL LIVE.
4 days later I'm getting a biopsy of my right breast supposedly in the 12:00 area. They accidentally did 3:00 area put the chip in where they had removed tissue and informed me I may have to come back to do over. I got the call shortly after that,
I had a MRI scheduled for the next Monday.
3 days later I'm back at oncology breast Doctor Where I could tell right away she was a lot different; more serious and quiet in her bedside manner. She left room then came back sat down with a big pink book and folder where she began to say Sherri, you're the 5% I spoke of and thought we caught it in beginning stages you have high grade 3 which is fast growing .. you are Estrogen and Progesterone positive and you have a 5.7 centimeter mass in your left breast as well. I have never been one who responds with tears or worrying I Think I made her nervous because I had no fear. She kept asking me if I need a tissue and trying to encourage me to sit down but I assured her I was fine. Just give me the bottom line and let's get busy.
She said 9 weeks going to have radiation and 5 year Tamoxifen-BILATERAL MASTECTOMY WAS THE BEST option because even if they took right breast a left breast mass was benign my cancer WAS COMING BACK be it 3 days or 3 yrs. I could forego radiation if I opted for COMPLETE REMOVAL OF SKIN, BREAST, AND NIPPLES. I said to her get'em off! I chose reconstruction to be done immediately after breast removal. I would later regret that decision.
I went home in a bit of a fog at what had just taken place. I PROCLAIMED I SHALL LIVE AND NOT DIE ... BEING A BELIEVER that FAITH AND FEAR cannot dwell in the same house I chose FAITH and chose to trust GOD I had no clue what I was facing but HE KNOWS ALL, HE had a plan. That afternoon I called a friend gave her all information to gather my children and explain what was going on with STRICT INSTRUCTIONS that nothing was to cross their lips that mama was dying of cancer !!! They were to speak life.
I chose not to tell my children over the phone 8 hrs away.
October 16th I said goodbye to my family and went under the knife at 6ish A.M. I saw them around 4 pm that afternoon. The next day my oncologist came in to tell me all 6 lymph nodes were clean and 5.7 centimeter mass was benign.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY ....this cancer had not spread !
Since then I've had 6 surgeries 3 being breast reconstruction. I could write a book on the many miracles that took place beginning 4 mos. Prior to my diagnosis but for now just know that Today, one year later I am BLESSED TO SAY I AM CANCER FREE ... It has been a roller coaster to say the least and I wouldn't have chosen this route but my prayers are that my journey can help others to KNOW THAT WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THEM THAT BELIEVE...
I know a MAMMOGRAM helped save my life please do not wait, take care of YOURSELF FIRST so you can be here to help take care of your loved ones.
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