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Stories of Perseverance: Jan Gerard

My cancer journey started three days after my mom passed away of cancer and fourteen months after the passing of my granddaughter due to cancer. I am not a stranger to cancer. Needless to say, I never expected for cancer to get personal. In April 2018, I had a mammogram and received a phone call a few days after. They had seen a cluster of irregular cells and wanted a closer look with Tomagraphy. Immediately following this test the nurse gave me the news I had breast cancer. My adult children were at the appointment to support me. We were still coping with the two losses. We had no idea of what was to come.

Two weeks later through a biopsy, it was confirmed it was breast cancer. It was a rare aggressive type of cancer which there’s not a whole lot of information. The next few months were filled with doctor visits, tests and a lumpectomy. During this time I had family and friends praying for me. My faith in God brought me peace and assurance that all will be well.  

The chemotherapy treatments started in July ending in November were rough. With the second chemo drug left me not being able to walk due to neuropathy. December brought 21 radiation treatments until January of this year. I’m thankful for my family for taking me to all the appointments, as I was unable to drive.

Great support, not only from family, I had many co-workers, friends on the internet and phone calls, encouraging me to beat cancer. My smiling face was that of a warrior. Yes I could have felt sorry for myself as I knew what cancer can do. The care I received from doctors and their staff was overwhelming. I refused for it to get the better of me.

I will be grateful always for all those who assisted me through my cancer. I live by myself and was unable to work and would wonder how the bills would get paid. Through family, friends, and Pink Arrow support, every need was met.

I am an official cancer survivor as of March of this year.

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