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Inspirational Quotes 

“Everyone was extremely compassionate even like going in and the nurses who were even at the desk, I can remember my nurse that assisted me that was in my team was she was wonderful she was really wonderful talked to me a lot, and asked a lot of questions always wanted to make sure that I was doing okay [...] My main surgeon answered every question and just every everyone down the line was very great and it's amazing because. My GP actually called me the night before [...] I can't remember the word he used now, but basically he was just saying I'm also here for you. You know doctors are usually those untouchable people, but that just gave me so much ease to know that I had a physician, who would take the time out of his evening to check on a patient [...] to make sure everything was okay.” – Breast Cancer Survivor

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“Dr. T was excellent my God I had such a wonderful team around her - her oncologist as well as a plastic surgeon they answered questions gave us various different handouts.” – Breast Cancer Caregiver

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“She was like immediately calling me to tell me the result, and so I got it over the phone and that didn't go the way I had hoped it would go. But knowing her as I do– she's been my primary care doctor for over 20 years–she's always been that way. She's very proactive, very “on it”, and as soon as she knows something she lets me know right away in the most, you know, expedient method possible. So, although I didn't necessarily want to hear it over the phone, that's how I received it and I had to take a minute to process what she was saying, and asked you know tons of questions. [...]-- Breast Cancer Survivor
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“ And so we were all sitting around trying to figure out how who could help in in what way and so just to, you know, when I think back and thought about that, until now, I think back of all of those things that had to be considered, they sounded like little things but they had long term effects.” - Caregiver 

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“There's really no roadmap because you're fighting and dealing with a lot of emotions. Really – what do I do, how do I do it, how do I go about doing, and at that particular time, it was very confusing for me” – Breast Cancer Survivor

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“Looking in hindsight, [not enough options were] given to me. When I say that I mean, for example, now that I've gone through it, only having one breast removed is an atrocity, and I say that because you're not thinking about what am I going to look like, with only one breast on my chest (I was a 44 double D Cup). [...] Had someone been there when I made that decision, okay I'm going to have the breasts removed, had someone been there as myself, or someone given me options not thinking about the money and when people say it's not about the money, yes it is. Because in their mind they're thinking about another surgery me coming back for another surgery. And I found out after I'd had the surgery that they could have done everything right there in that one surgery, but that option was not given to me. I could have gotten the breasts removed and had the reconstruction done all at the same time. I'm promise you that was not offered to me. Even after I made the choice to have them a second, no one sat down with me said okay now are you sure, these are the options, these are the things that you know, having someone on board to give me the information that information if you will, for that journey to be carried on successfully.” - Breast Cancer Survivor

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“My oldest sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and at that time, because of our community I knew very little because she didn't talk about it, because that's our community. So, I ended up having to contact her, then, to ask her to give me more information because I had been diagnosed, and then she shared a little with me, yes.” - Breast Cancer Survivor

 

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