May Sudie Ι
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Sudie passed away on January 8,2011
Our sympathies to her family. She was a sweet sweet lady
I was diagnosed with Moderately Invasive Infiltrating Ductal
on May 24, 2002. I underwent a double mastectomy in June of
2002, and the cancer was ultimately classified at Stage III.
They removed 18 lymph nodes and of those 18, 9 were positive.
This was my third bout with cancer, having uterine cancer in
1966 and labia cancer in 1987.
My first dose of chemotherapy treatment went through me like
a tornado and ate a hole in my large intestine. Six weeks after
I had a double mastectomy, I was back in the hospital with a
White Blood Cell count of 0.3. They built me up with
antibiotics, so I could withstand a bowel resection and
After I was released, I resumed my chemotherapy, which took
seven months instead of six due to numerous complications. The
cumadin they prescribed caused critical nose bleeds. On one trip
to the emergency room, the bleeding was so profuse that it ran
from my eyes. I finally finished with my chemotherapy and then
went through seven weeks of radiation. Compared to the
chemotherapy, the radiation seemed like a stroll in the park.
Although I was burned quite badly, eventually I healed and am
only left with a couple of tan spots. I lucky to have good care
and the radiation technician demanded that I get aloe vera gel
and use it on my skin three times a day. This prevented a lot of
pain and discomfort from the treatments.
I am scheduled to have my colostomy reversed on June 17th.
It's been a very difficult and painful ordeal, but while I was
in the hospital and so very close to death, I underwent a
spiritual awakening. Since then, I have a whole new outlook on
life. Even with the pain that I've gone through, it's brought me
to a life that is better, in many ways, than what I had before.
If anyone would like to email me, I'm here for any support
that you might need.
Link to Sudie's