TV news reporter with breast cancer

lauriestein
lauriestein Member Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
http://www.cbs4.com/lauriestein

Hello everyone,

I am a 36 year old TV news reporter who was diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer in June, 2003.

I just wanted to let you all know that I just finished a 5 part series that shows everyone everything I went through...as well as other young women with breast cancer.

I also explain the BRCA cancer gene and show a woman who had a preventitive double mastectomy and removed her ovaries too.

You can see the stories online. Just go to

http://www.cbs4.com/lauriestein

I felt like we all need to be honest with others about this disease. I welcome any feedback.
[email protected]

Sincerely,


Laurie Stein
CBS4 Miami

Comments

  • DebRoa
    DebRoa Member Posts: 31
    Talk about a small world. I have a friend that lives in Broward county that told me about this reporter who had breast cancer....Something tells me its you.

    I plan to watch the stories as soon as I get home. BTW, my husband was a reporter/anchor/assignment editor for 16 years here in our hometown. He is now an attorney.

    Warmest regards,

    Deborah
  • krisrey
    krisrey Member Posts: 194
    Hi Laurie,
    Your story sounds all to familiar. I think I need to get on the stick about having that gene blood test. I am the first in my family to have breast cancer, actually any cancer on my side! I am 42 years old and was dx in 4/2003. I am considering talking about having my ovaries taken out just as a precaution anyway, but I think I will inquire about the gene testing first.
    Thank you for sharing your story, you look great you would never know what you have been through.
    Kris
  • SusanAnne
    SusanAnne Member Posts: 245
    Hi Laurie,

    Thank you for sharing your story in such a dignified and realistic way. It could have been any of us you were reporting on. I was diagnosed stage IIIa in March of 2003. Since my cancer was HER2 positive I entered a clinical trial to get the drug Herceptin. My treatments lasted for 15 months and I am just now getting back to work and trying to find my way in the world as a cancer survivor. As you know, some days we are more successful than others. I wish you all the best.

    Take care,
    Susan

    P.S. Isn't that Rob Hanrahan as anchor? He comes from my neck of the woods, ABC 7 in New York.
  • seeknpeace
    seeknpeace Member Posts: 259
    SusanAnne said:

    Hi Laurie,

    Thank you for sharing your story in such a dignified and realistic way. It could have been any of us you were reporting on. I was diagnosed stage IIIa in March of 2003. Since my cancer was HER2 positive I entered a clinical trial to get the drug Herceptin. My treatments lasted for 15 months and I am just now getting back to work and trying to find my way in the world as a cancer survivor. As you know, some days we are more successful than others. I wish you all the best.

    Take care,
    Susan

    P.S. Isn't that Rob Hanrahan as anchor? He comes from my neck of the woods, ABC 7 in New York.

    Hi...I am est/pr negative and I had the brca genetic testing done. BC is prevalent in my family and I have five daughters, four of which I gave birth to. I was worried about them, and one of my daughters mother in law lost both breasts at different points, and does carry one of the genes. So my two granddaughters were a grave concern for me. Fortunately, I was negative for the genes that they have identified to date. I was relieved for that. Just be sure that your insurance will pay because it is like 1200.00 or something. Or maybe more, I get the MRI and that test mixed up in my memory.
  • TrueBlue3
    TrueBlue3 Member Posts: 1
    Laurie,

    Thank you so much for your courage and willingness to share your story in such a public forum. I am a survivor as well. I was diagnosed at age 26 and I thank God that my lymph nodes were clear. I had a mastectomy of my right breast (the infected breast) with immediate reconstruction and a reduction of my left breast. I'm the first in my family to develop breast cancer. Today, more than 7 years later and with a healthy 3-year old daughter, I am 34 years old and still cancer-free. I too, try to share my story with women, especially young women, to drive home the importance of self examinations and early detection. When we're in our 20s we think we're just so invincible, but more and more I'm hearing about women discovering they have breast cancer in their 20s and early 30s.

    Again, thank you for using your media connection, to share your story.

    May God continue to bless you!

    Christina Cole
    Chicago, IL
  • wrenmorrison
    wrenmorrison Member Posts: 3
    Thank you for doing that. I carry the brca1 gene mutation, but my interest in ca and research is more related to my own child's dx at age 5 1/2. I had had a hysterectomy due to the gene but was able to have a 3rd child through a surrogate (my sister) in an effort to save my oldest with a bone marrow match. Crazy, amazing story. And because of it I now work for the ACS and all three girls are doing fine. Thanks again for helping spread the news!