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Bien Hoa Airbase 1964

I FLEW 235 COMBAT MISSIONS IN VIETNAM AND HAD HEAVY EXPOSURE TO AGENT ORANGE WHICH HAS GIVEN ME TWO CANCERS.

I LEFT THE AIR FORCE IN 1966 AND BECAME A CAPTAIN WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES FOR 30 YEARS. IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER MY RETIREMENT THAT I BEGAN GETTING THESE CANCERS. I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE USAF FOR POISONING ME AND AT THE VA FOR MAKING ME FIGHT FOR MY BENEFITS.

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Chemo Round 1, day 1

i lost my mother to brest cancer

where to start? i a an only child and was raised by my mother on her own with no help from anyone. my dad died when i was a baby so it was me and my mam against the world. my mam was the most wonderful thoughtful and best mam in the world she gave me all the love and security anyone could ever give. she was my best friend we would sit for hours chatting she would tell me all about her life before i was born i loved listening to them storys. when i was 16 i met a boy called chris and we fell in love and have been going out ever since nearly 8 years. we had a beautiful baby girl in aug 06 she brought so much joy into our lives.

My Story

In September of 2008 I went to the emergency room after about a month of feeling not so great having breathing issues, and getting short of breath very easily. Even just getting up out of bed caused me to become short of breath. I am not a fan of doctors so my boyfriend called my mother who was 3 hours away to convince me that I needed to see a doctor for what we all believed would be pneumonia. After 6 hours of being in the waiting room I finally got to see a very lovely lady doctor who listened to my breathing and new immediately something was wrong. She thought I had a collapsed lung. After xrays and CT Scans and blood tests that evening ( I must admit they were extremely thorough in a short period of time, i was very impressed, but at the same time worried that they were doing so much for what I believed to be pneumonia) it was discovered that the lung cavity was completely filled with fluid and needed to be drained. I was told I should stay in the hospital for the night and they would drain it in the morning. "Nicole I am not going to tell you all the things it can be we are going to take care of this and figure it out" From that moment on cancer was on my mind and i just had a hunch that was what it would turn out to be.

Invasive Breast Carcinoma

Stage 2 b
5 malignant tumors in both breast
lymphnode involvement
radical bilateral mastectomy

ME ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL.

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