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Keri Burnette

My cancer was first diagnosed on Sept. 9, 2009. I was 46 years old. I have been very diligent in early detection for myself. I had a grandmother and an aunt who had breast cancer, and my dad died from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On both my mother and father’s side of the family, cancer is very prevalent. I have had mammograms since I was 25, and the last several years I have had diagnostic testing done as my breasts became denser. Without the ultrasound, my cancer would not have been found because it was so small. Upon getting the results and meeting with my surgeon, we opted for a lumpectomy. I followed that with 6.5 weeks of radiation, which I lovingly referred to as my daily trips to the “sizzler”–over easy is what I told them. I was fortunate that I did not have to have chemo, only radiation, and that my body reacted well and had very little fatigue, which showed up only after completing the radiation. On May 19, 2010, I went in for my first mammogram since surgery and radiation only to have some micro-calcifications detected. A biopsy confirmed there was still cancer in that area. I knew what my decision would be if it appeared again and after meeting with my surgeon we agreed to a bilateral mastectomy. I knew if the Big C reared its ugly head again I wanted to lop ‘em off and buy me some new ones! No more messing around, wondering and waiting! On July 6, 2010, I had my mastectomy and I am well on my way to looking as perky as ever, if not more! With cancer being so prevalent in my family, I knew if the day ever came, I was going to fight back and fight back hard! Well, I think I have done just that!

Stay strong, stay positive, fight like a girl, don’t give up and try to find some humor in your situation because laughter IS good medicine! Remember, You ARE BEAUTIFUL… no matter what!