Families come together in fighting Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer can bring someone down but having a great family can bring them up.

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“My husband’s my biggest supporter of all,” Wilde said.

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“When my doctor told me I had breast cancer, it was complete shock and we didn’t believe it,” Mrs. Vicky Wilde, a Highland history teacher, said.

Breast cancer comes from many different things, such as it being in the family.

Wilde said that her husband drove her to all of her appointments, “he was very loving and helpful through all of it.”

“My daughter found out they were doing a lot of research of how it happens and what kind of surgeries are available. Everyone was super supportive and helpful,” Mrs. Wilde said.

There are two main types of surgery to remove breast cancer; breast-conserving surgery (also called a lumpectomy, quadrantectomy, partial mastectomy, or segmental mastectomy) is a surgery in which only the part of the breast containing the cancer is removed.

Wilde stated that it was still scary despite having her family there. However, having good doctors and a supportive family made her feel a bit better.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. (Only lung cancer kills more women each year.) The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 39, which is about 2.6%.

“My great grandma had it and it affected her badly. When she was diagnosed she had to be put into a wheelchair even though that was really rough, she had an amazing recovery,” freshmen Aspyn Bramson said.

About 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year are ages 45 or older, and about 43% are ages 65 or above. Consider this: In women ages 40 to 50, there is a one in 68 risk of developing breast cancer.

“My great grandma was in her 80’s when she got diagnosed and she recovered great and was doing amazing,” Aspyn Branson said.

Depending on the type of surgery and the type of person, it can take up to 5-10 days or 3-4 weeks to heal from surgery.

“When my other grandma got diagnosed with it she was in her 60’s and it was really hard for her and our family,” Branson said.

Chemo is another option and it can be really hard and can have many effects.

“When my grandma went through chemo it affected her badly she lost all her hair and she lost her appetite and couldn’t eat for a couple hours some days, but other days she lost her appetite for days were she couldn’t eat,” Branson stated. She went on to explain that her grandma would get sick and would be nauseous and throw up whatever she ate.

Going through chemo can affect everyone differently but a lot of people are not able to eat after chemo and even surgery too.

Also the radiation from chemo can make people very tired and not want to do anything at all except rest.

“I knew I was going to be okay and that my family was there to support me and help me through everything and that with my doctors I was in good hands,” Wilde said.

Breast cancer is always a bit easier when you have your friends and family there supporting you and making sure you’re taken care of.