Lilliana, 49 “Speak Up”

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Lily is a 49 year-old woman married for a second time with two children. Because of the death of her father from cancer she put off annual testing for a number of years, only to learn she had breast cancer after her first mammogram. She describes the challenges she had opening up to people about her diagnosis and accepting support. In hindsight, she encourages other patients to accept the diagnosis and to communicate early, especially with children. Her treatment protocol included a double mastectomy followed by chemotherapy. She discusses how prolonged side effects from chemotherapy like neuropathy and chemo brain fog continue to be a part of her life a number of years after treatment.

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ContributorLilliana, 49Read Full Bio

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Lily is a 49 year-old woman married for a second time with two children. Because of the death of her father from cancer she put off annual testing for a number of years, only to learn she had breast cancer after her first mammogram. She describes the challenges she had opening up to people about her diagnosis and accepting support. In hindsight, she encourages other patients to accept the diagnosis and to communicate early, especially with children. Her treatment protocol included a double mastectomy followed by chemotherapy. She discusses how prolonged side effects from chemotherapy like neuropathy and chemo brain fog continue to be a part of her life a number of years after treatment.

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Lily is a 49 year-old woman married for a second time with two children. Because of the death of her father from cancer she put off annual testing for a number of years, only to learn she had breast cancer after her first mammogram. She describes the challenges she had opening up to people about her diagnosis and accepting support. In hindsight, she encourages other patients to accept the diagnosis and to communicate early, especially with children. Her treatment protocol included a double mastectomy followed by chemotherapy. She discusses how prolonged side effects from chemotherapy like neuropathy and chemo brain fog continue to be a part of her life a number of years after treatment.

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