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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

For my own circumstances, my own parameters, I know that my decision was right. My tumor was a DCIS, non-invasive, 1.6 mm, hormone receptive. None of my close female relatives had breast cancer before menopause. My compromised lungs due to childhood illness and smoker parents brought another level of concern to the table. I had been told that there was a chance the radiation would affect my lung. I wasn't willing to take that chance.
I think what we all need to remember is that this is an intensely personal decision. All the doctors in the world can't really get inside your head, and your heart.
It's a balancing act using the professional advice and experience and your own knowledge of what's right for you. I'm not sure that anyone is ever 100% sure of the decision she makes. I think that's just the nature of being human. Paraphrasing the incredibly wise Maya Angelou: Do the best you can with what you know. When you know better, you can do better.
I understand, I think, how you feel. I can only wish you the best possible outcome, and promise to listen again if you need me to.

June 12, 2011 - 12:39pm


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