Breast Cancer in Your 20s: Meet Keri Haberstroh
Watch a home video of a young breast cancer survivor's story. It's October 2005 in Florida, and Keri
S1: It's my privilege to introduce Keri, she is our honorary chair. She is our special survivor. If you would please come on up here, and share your special story with us. Keri: Thank you, I'm a little nervous so bear with me. I was diagnosed, by the way, my is Keri Hagerstrom. I was diagnosed this year April 7th, 2005. I found the lump myself it was an accident. I was not doing my self-breast examinations like I was supposed to. I am sort of kicking myself for that. But it's has been a long journey, I diagnosed in April, we started chemotherapy first. did four sessions. They did the [Unintelligible 00:00:57] therapy. I did them once every two weeks. It was a three-day process every time I went. Drove two days, I shopped the third day. I was wiped out. If I was anywhere I was on the couch or in the bed. Had a little bit of a trouble after that; I had a bad reaction to one of my chemo drugs, got pneumonia. I was in the hospital for a little while. They decided to stop at that point and go ahead and do my surgery. I had my surgery, I was feeling good when I was finished, within a couple of days I was up and moving around, and I thought everything was good. I went back to the oncologist, and I was sure I was finished, and he says "No, we need to do another round of chemo." So I started a new round of chemo. That happened in August and I have one more chemo session left, and I'm so tired I am ready to be finished with this. I have one more surgery to finish my reconstruction and move on with my life. I have not had my kids yet. I need to have those kids, and I don't know the amazing support that I have had through all of my family and my friends. I have a basket full of cards at home that I have been receiving, since the day I got diagnosed; flowers that were sent to me, the understanding that my husband's office has had to allow him to come to each chemo session with me. Sorry. S1: You are doing fine. Keri: You don't know how many people love you, until you go through these kinds of things. S1: That's true Keri: Anyway, my positive attitude that I have had and me standing here, is because of them. I couldn't have made it this far without all of them. I think that's about it.