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The Breast Cancer Chronicles: By Jacki Donaldson, Family Circle Jacki’s Story Documenting her treatment ups and

The Breast Cancer Chronicles: By Jacki Donaldson, Family Circle Jacki’s Story Documenting her treatment ups and

By Jacki Donaldson, Family Circle Jacki’s Story Documenting her treatment ups and downs through photos and blog posts gave Jacki Donaldson, a mom of two young boys in Gainesville, Florida, surprising strength and comfort. Here, a glimpse into her brave journey. A New Reality The older of my two sons, Joey (who was 3 at the time), took this photo just days after my diagnosis in November 2004. My intention was to capture my appearance before cancer took it away. I didn’t plan to look so somber. Yet it’s fitting. I was sad. The good news: I caught my cancer early, at stage 1, so it hadn’t spread. I wouldn’t lose my entire left breast—I needed only a lumpectomy to remove the pea-size tumor. The bad news: My growth contained too many HER2 proteins, meaning my cancer was aggressive (which is common in young women—I was 34). Doctors told me the post-surgery treatment would theref...

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