Age Diagnosed With IBC:
Year Of Your Diagnosis:
Approximately 10 years years ago I was diagnosed with ER/PR negative HER2 positive inflammatory breast cancer. I endured neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (Taxotere), Herceptin infusions for one year, a mastectomy, additional chemotherapy (Adriamycin/Cytoxan), radiation and a modified micro-vascular DIEP flap reconstruction. After 5 years, I developed Lymphedema. Because of my unique story, triumphant recovery, and complicated diagnosis, I was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network show called “Mystery Diagnosis.” I serve as a State Leader for Young Survival Coalition, a Patient Advocate for the National Cancer Institute PS-OC Program and my full time job is Assistant Director for City of Hope.
How You Got Through Treatment:
My mom! She is the ultimate best friend! She moved in to care for me when I was first diagnosed and never let me see her shed a tear even though we were both very scared. She cared for me after every surgery. She let me borrow her strength when I was weak. This year, to celebrate my 10 year canceraversary, we hope to see Alaska.
Advice For Those With IBC:
- Trust your intuition and be your own health advocate.
- Celebrate every milestone (no matter how little or big)!
- Be of service to others and allow others to help you in your time of need.
More Information About You:
https://twitter.com/askmissnixon http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-nixon/ http://keep-a-breast.org/blog/author/miss-nixon/