My name is Suzanne Schamberger. I am 68 years old, and will be married 50 years to my wonderful husband, Dick. This is my story.
In 1987, I discovered two lumps in my right breast. One felt like a hard pea and the other was oblong. It turned out to be two different types of tumors. One was ordinary breast cancer, and the other was Medullary Carcinoma.
My brother Jim, who is a doctor, advised me to have a mastectomy. They removed my right breast and 20 lymph nodes. That was 19 years ago, and I have been cancer free. No treatment was needed.
The summer of 2006, I was having trouble with incontinence. At night I had terrible pains in the lower part of my stomach and felt nauseated. I decided to see my gynecologist. She ordered an ultrasound and CAT scan. She called and told me it was ovarian cancer and it had spread. Her recommendation was to see Dr. Tunca. He operated on October 9, 2006. He told my family that it was a surface cancer that was aggressive and 6 cycles of chemotherapy would be needed. That treatment ended in February of 2007. Ya Hoo!
I never dread having chemotherapy, because I do feel a sense of security and know it will cure me. All the nurses at St. Alexius Medical Center, in the Procedure Clinic, 5North along with the PCT’s are angels. Every single one of them! They are all so caring, that I cannot praise them enough.
I feel with today’s technology, we are surviving breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The will to live is strong in me, and I never think of dyeing. It never enters my mind. I always think of living. Those of you who are going through chemotherapy—PLEASE. . . never give up. I found that positive thinking is healing and when you are always depressed it affects your immune system. Laughter—it feels good! Get some help to tickle your funny bone. Watch a funny movie. Hang out with people who make you laugh. Laughter, just like a yawn, is contagious.
Sometimes a setback is really a set-up for a comeback. Life after a storm, there is a rainbow. Keep telling yourself you will heal and go on with your life. Have faith in your doctor and trust in him. Be strong and courageous. Don’t be terrified, don’t be discouraged because, I believe, God is always with you. I pray every day for strength and that he will heal me. Try it—He will listen.
Remember what I said before, technology has come a long way. Cancer is not a death sentence anymore. Fight to live! There really is a light at the end of this journey.