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Karen Schroeder Profile

Karen Schroeder

Stage 1 Patient

Current City
Bartlett, Illinois
Your Story

My mother died of stage 4 breast cancer when I was 36 . I am 49 and have been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. I am BRACA-, est/prog+, Her -.
I have elected to have a double mastectomy. I was diagnosed on 9/7 and surgery is not until 10/18 , and the wait is killing me. I am very very frightened the only experience I have with breast cancer is my mother and she died. The doctor says the wait won't matter but I don't know. Right now they say the cancer is not in my lymph nodes won't that change with the long wait? I don't know what to believe.

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