Linda Falcone a Local Breast Cancer Survivor Tells her Story- Orlando Sentinel
I am thankful that I was (and still am) a firm believer of self-examinations and mammograms.
In a routine mammogram, they found something suspicious and did a sonogram which still indicated a mass. From there, the waiting began. I was referred to a local doctor whom I met with to do a biopsy, which unfortunately came back positive.
While it was a scary time for me, I tried to keep an optimistic attitude throughout the process. I lost my mom to cancer and know from experience that attitude is everything! The most important message I can share is to ask a lot of questions, multiple times if needed. Understanding the process and setting expectations helped me through everything. I knew I could deal with it if I understood it; it is the unknown that is most scary.
I had a lumpectomy followed up with 8 weeks of radiation. The radiation treatments were tough but I knew the end result would be worth the inconvenience and exhaustion. I am happy to say that this past August I celebrated my 5 years!
Did you know that it costs approximately $100 to provide a life-saving mammogram to a woman or man in need in Central Florida?
That’s why we are asking you to help us raise funds for the 2016 Komen Central Florida Race for the Cure… so we can SAVE LIVES.