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Joan Rosov Profile

Joan Rosov

Stage 3A Patient

Current City
Gainesville, FL
Your Story

We had just retired,closing my husband's dental practice of 43 yrs.. We sold our big home in Palm Beach county and moved to a small college town (Gainesville,FL) to start our GOLDEN YEARS. Ha! Ha!. We had been in our new home 5 mns. when I was diagnosed with stage 2A. I had a lumpectomy(2007) First mistake. I didn't do my home work. Raced into the operating rm and then 36 sessions of radiation. I was 6 mons out and ready for the first mamogram when CANCER was found in the right breast. Knowing I had to have a masectomy i first went to a plastic surgeon and was advised that since I had radiation my skin was damaged and I was not a canadiate for reconstruction. My surgeon still did a tissue sparing procedure when removing the right breast in hopes I could find a resource elsewhere.. Then 36 more treatments of radiation. By this time I had a slight cough. I had gone to another MD for a second opinion and he refered me to a pulmonary specialist. I now had ARS which is Pulmonary Acute Radiation Syndrome. I was placed on RX's and oxygen 24/7. That was in 12/2009. My lungs were improving, at least I could talk without coughing. I thought finally I could start my 5 year window for surviivorship. Ha! Ha!. In the fall of 2010 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. More surgery and this time chemo only.. I have lumpadema in both arms. So with both my arm sleeves on and my O2 hose on , one breast hanging as I still can't wear a bra for long periods. I look like a creature from abother planet. I just had a PET scan. All clear, NO uptakes, so now I can restart my 5 year journey. I in a support group and we all laugh a say, if the cancer doesn't ruin your day, the treatment will.That's my story. I regret not doing my homework; but I'm from a generation that didn't question the "white coats" Oh, I forgot, they inserted a port and ran the tube up the side of my neck. Because of my build, that tube is very eveident and adds to my odd creature appearance. .

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