||I am a 58 year old woman, married for 31 years, with 2 adult daughters. I have always been very health conscious- I never smoke or drink, and I eat and cook healthy foods, except for chocolate! I lost 2 close friends to breast cancer, both who were very young; 1 was 30, & the other was 43, so I've never missed a mammo. I found both of my cancers before the doctors did! I had a lumpectomy, chemo & radiation in 2004, and developed severe spine problems as a result. I was also rear ended, so that accident damaged my neck. I had 2 surgeries on my lumbar spine, 2 on my cervical spine, 2 for a torn rotator cuff, and 1 operation to remove a benign tumor between my neck & shoulder. Nine months ago, I found a new lump in the same breast, & I was given the news that it was malignant & needed a double mastectomy on my birthday. Can you think of a better gift? Haha. I had the surgery on Valentine's Day, & my next surgery is scheduled for Veteran's Day, Novemver 12 th. When people see me, they are surprised to find out about my health. I am in good physical shape- 5" tall, 95 lb. I never leave my house without doing my hair, putting on make- up, or dressing nice- you never know who you may run into! I always try to be upbeat, with a smile on my face. I've found that a positive attitude really helps, & I try to make pink lemonade out of the many lemons I've been given!