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Amy’s Breast Cancer Story

POSTED BY: Raquel Thompson

The following is a true story about Amy, a Florida Hospital employee, and her fight against breast cancer through her eyes.

August 6th 2011, I noticed an indentation on my breast as I was getting into the shower. I told myself that it was normal and that I was just freaking myself out for nothing - but I could not shake the nagging feeling that I needed to get it checked out.

On August 10th, I was having lunch with a few of my co-workers and mentioned my “dent.” They suggested that I get it checked out. I called my family doctor’s office and they faxed over a script.  It was then that we discovered that there was something there.  I then had a diagnostic mammogram and found out that I needed not one biopsy but two. I had my biopsies and was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after.  I was devastated. My boss was very positive and upbeat about it and told me that I could beat it.  As an employee of Florida Hospital, I talked about breast cancer almost every day but I never thought it could happen to me.

I spoke with a Breast Care Coordinator named Beth, who was so very helpful with all my questions and she told me that she would be there for me in any way possible. When she said all the awful words that I didn’t want to hear like ‘oncologists and radiation’ she was right there to give me a hug and tell me that she would help through all of it.  With the diagnosis of breast cancer being so overwhelming, it was so great to have such an amazing team of people to help with the arrangements. Beth made all of the appointments for the same day so I could come up with a game plan. The staff at Princeton Florida Hospital Radiology Imaging was there with encouraging prayers and even meals. As of today, I’m still going to chemotherapy treatment every three weeks with the end in sight, which I’m super excited about.  With the help of my team at Princeton FRi and the Breast Care Coordinators, my journey through breast cancer was made so much better and I am so blessed to work with such an amazing group of people.

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