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Cancer had the nerve to come back for more. But I'm a Superhero now. Bring it on cancer!

My name is Jennifer. I am an ordinary girl facing extraordinary circumstances. My battle with cancer began on November 8, 2012.  I was 28 years old. My daughter was only 7 months old. I was told that day that I had breast cancer.

Two weeks later, I started chemo treatments. I went on short term leave from my teaching position so that I could concentrate on healing. I fought through six chemo treatments, a lumpectomy, and radiation. The doctors believed that I had less than a 10% chance of the cancer returning. My life began to return to normal.  For almost two and a half years I felt like myself again.

Then, on November 3, 2014, I went in for a scheduled checkup. I complained about numbness in my face. The Doctor believed that it was probably nothing to worry about, but just to ease our minds quickly she called for an MRI stat.  Two hours later, I was told that the cancer had metastasized in my brain.

Radiation to the brain began two days later. A few more scans showed small lesions in my lungs and one in my spine. Now chemo is on the table, too.

The radiation to the brain is already completed, for now. Chemo has been going on every three weeks since December for the rest of my body. I will have continuous treatments of a targeted version of chemo every three weeks for rest of my life. Every three months my body will be scanned from head to toe to see if any of the cancer has returned.

Since my first battle against cancer, my almost two and half years of remission, and now the recent return of the cancer, my daughter has turned 4 years old.  She is why I am fighting this battle.  I REFUSE to stop fighting! I will NOT give up, or lose hope because of HER!


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