From Educator to Patient: My Breast Cancer Experience

Hello Friends,

Six months after my breast cancer diagnosis, and I am cancer free! It seems like the time has zoomed right by since I got the call (or actually a text from my best buddy at the Breast Center) that there was “a suspicious finding on your mammogram.”  There were biopsies, MRIs, more mammograms, a zillion doctor’s appointments (driving 120 miles roundtrip for each one and they were NEVER on time!), 16 rounds of chemo, including 4 of the dreaded “Red Devil”, which literally wiped me out! All while working, traveling, going bald, ingesting numerous medications, experiencing fatigue, and so many highs and lows, which included a whole lot of crabbiness, just ask my daughter!

But, I am, at last, cancer free!

No one ever thinks they are going to be the 1 in 8 women that gets breast cancer; I definitely didn’t think it could or would be me. After all, I had spent 30+ years educating and fighting for mammography technologists and their need and desire for consistent and reproducible positioning standards. I would certainly be blessed by some sort of invisible halo that would protect me from such a fate. But no, breast cancer does not play favorites.

I can say that now, I actually feel ‘blessed’ by this odd twist of fate, as it has given me a new perspective on patient care. It has also inspired my resolve to ensure that each and every patient gets the best mammogram possible. I know that each of you, my colleagues and friends, feel the same. So I hope you will join me on my journey, through these blog posts and find some useful and pertinent information that can help us, individually and collectively, reach that goal of excellence.

Louise Miller

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