Keri's Breast Cancer Story: A New Breast Lump
My name is Doug Haberstroh, my wife Keri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 25. Throughout her breast cancer journey, Keri and I kept family and friends up-to-date on her progress through email. It was Keri's wish to share her story to the world; these emails tell her story from start to finish.
Keri wrote the next message after stopping chemotherapy treatment due to a bad reaction to the chemo. She was ready to move onto the next phase of treatment: surgery, but she found a new lump in her breast that needed to be examined first.
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005
I know some of you have been receiving updates on Keri's progress from her e-mails but she's asleep right now so I have the honors of keeping you all informed.
The biopsy was scheduled for 1230hrs today and went off without a hitch. Keri handled it like a champ, got a little anxious right before she was wheeled into surgery but woke up with a smile on her face afterwards. Dr. Wilson spoke to me after he was finished and said everything went well and the results were better than what he expected. He said the lump looked like a benign cyst and all his years of experience (which is a lot of years as his is one of the founding surgeons in this area and is known by all hospitals and nurses in the local community as being the best doctor in town) would lead him to believe that it is not cancerous and there is nothing to worry about. Although he said there is always a chance but we'll get the lab results back this Thursday to find out exactly what it is but for now he said to rest easy, it all looks good.
Keri and I thank you for all your prayers and appreciate everything that you all have done. We continuously count our blessings and are thankful for having you all behind us, through the good and the bad. Thanks guys (and gals) and we'll be sure to keep you all updated throughout the rest of the processes. Take care, rest easy and God bless.
DougA Note from Doug: We're also telling Keri's breast cancer story as a weekly comic strip. Check back each week to follow her story. This week's episode, Episode 3, illustrates a bad reaction to chemo that Keri had, shortly after her first wedding anniversary.