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I have cancer. Cancer does not have me.

I have cancer. Cancer does not have me.

I was born with Neurofibromatosis type 1. A rare genetic condition that affects 1 in every 3000 births.

NF (for short) causes tumors to grow along the nerves. By the time I was 10, I’ve already had 6 surgeries, one of which was to remove a tumor from my spinal cord, leaving me with two fancy rods in my back.

When I was 27 I tried getting a lump checked out on my breast, but when I wasn’t being told I was “too young” for cancer, it was just written off as my condition. But I know my body and I knew this was something else. 5 months later I ended up in the ER, not being able to breathe.

I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

I’m still here, 7 months after being diagnosed, kicking cancers ass.

I always tell myself “I have cancer. Cancer does not have me”

Submitted by: Katie Sitton

 

 




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