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Cancer touches all of us. Fighting cancer is very personal to me because it has affected my family. My wife was first diagnosed with pre-cancerous cells in her breast in November 2013. Thanks to early detection followed by a lumpectomy, she was fine. As it turns out though, my wife's story did not end there. Three years later, in December of 2016 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This time the solution wasn't so simple. Together we made the choice to aggressively tackle the problem with a double mastectomy. We could have chosen a less radical treatment, but that would have left her with an unacceptably high (for us) risk of recurrence. From a purely physical standpoint, this made sense. Remove the breasts and the cancer will be gone. What we didn't understand at the beginning was the full extent of the emotional impact of that decision, and the physical impact of undergoing five surgeries in a 13 month period. We've learned that many women facing mastectomy and reconstruction end up having 10 or more surgeries so we consider ourselves very lucky, but that doesn't mean it was easy.
I'm very grateful for all of the previous research that helped my wife's story have a happy ending. But every one of us knows someone who's life has been affected by cancer, and many of those stories do not have happy endings. When someone receives the terrible news that they have cancer, you can be sure that they are hoping that the right treatment is already out there to save them. This only happens if the necessary research has already been done - it's too late once the diagnosis has been made. We've come this far, let's not let up until we find a cure. Too many people are still dying and too many families are still missing their loved ones. So let's all pay it forward to ensure that future cancer patients get the treatments they need. The next time it could be you, or someone you love.
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