Letitia’s Story

I was diagnosed with noninvasive breast cancer at 38.  While devastated, I wasn’t  entirely surprised.  My mother had also been diagnosed at 38 and lost her battle at 44.  I thought I must have a genetic issue and went through the testing.  My surprise came when I learned my tests were negative for both known genes.  I concluded there were just lots of work left to be done.  However, I remained hopeful when my doctor mentioned I had a 99% chance of never having breast cancer again.

I chose to support the Komen Foundation when I learned a Komen scholar contributed to the research and development of Tamoxifen which was the first targeted therapy for breast cancer.  My treatment protocol included this drug.

I was shocked when I was diagnosed with a 2nd primary tumor 8 years later.  I had elected a bilateral mastectomy to prevent this and my efforts had been futile. This time I wasn’t so lucky, I had an invasive hormone positive cancer and needed treatment.  My grief was unbearable as I struggled to understand what had gone wrong.  I needed an outlet and chose to volunteer for the Race for the Cure.

I chose to support the Komen Foundation when I learned a Komen scholar contributed to the research and development of Tamoxifen which was the first targeted therapy for breast cancer.  My treatment protocol included this drug.   I am hopeful for continued breakthroughs in breast cancer treatment which will allow for better outcomes and options for patients.   The Florida Suncoast Affiliate contributes 25% of funds raised to breast cancer research.  I am proud to be a part of work Komen does both locally and globally. ~ Leticia

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