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4 Years After My Breast Cancer Diagnosis – What to Do if it Happens to You

4 years ago today I found the lump that changed my life.  I won’t call it the anniversary or even my cancerversary, as I’ve heard it called, because there is truly nothing to celebrate about in such an event.

But I do want to make note of the day by sharing some information for anyone else who may either be recently diagnosed, or knows someone who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.

There are many, many good breast cancer sites that offer wonderful information, some of which you can visit by clicking here.  My favorite was and still is BREASTCANCER.ORG.  This site is solely dedicated to breast cancer and is the most comprehensive site I’ve found, covering each potential phase of the treatment cycle from diagnosis through reconstruction in great detail.  It’s also extremely well organized and very easy to navigate which is helpful during a time when you’re faced with many overwhelming decisions.

I spent many hours reviewing this site at various stages of my journey from the day I was diagnosed, through my reconstruction.

When I was first told that I had breast cancer, of course I was in a state of complete confusion and panic.  I was at a loss about what to do as I had no personal familiarity with breast cancer and didn’t know what to do.

Since it’s so very important to make good decisions when you are going through such a frightening medical emergency, I am listing below the most critical steps to take after you or a loved one are first diagnosed, along with links to the site above that will help guide you through the process:

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Claudia Schmidt

Slightly obsessive-compulsive, self-employed mom with 2 very cool but snarky teenage kids who just happens to have been diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in February of 2010. Looking at life through a new lens now.

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