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Tai Harden-Moore’s Story

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Laying Down the Law on Breast Cancer

On Thursday, October 25, 2012, the Orlando Sentinel printed the following story as part of a special Breast Cancer Awareness Month insert, Life’s Victories.

My breast cancer story began in June 2011, when I went to the emergency room after experiencing swelling in my right breast. The emergency room doctor believed I had an infection in my milk ducts and sent me home with antibiotics and a referral to Dr. Lamvu, it is that referral that saved my life.

After examining me, Dr. Lamvu sent me for an emergency mammogram. During the mammogram two masses were found, and inflammatory breast cancer was suspected after testing; and at only 31 years-old I was diagnosed with stage III inflammatory breast cancer on July 18, 2011.

After my diagnosis I embarked on what would be the most difficult journey of my life. I was now no longer a wife, mother, and law student; now my life centered on being a cancer patient. My oncologist, Dr. Robert Reynolds explained the treatment that I faced: 18 rounds of chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy, and radiation.

Completing treatment required me to withdraw from school, and sent my life into a tailspin but the scariest part was that it had mothing to do with me, it was the possibility of not being here for my kids (ages 4 and 5 at the time of my diagnosis).

I was lucky to have amazing support from my husband, who attended every appointment and chemo session; my sister who called me every day without fail; and my friends who always made sure I never felt alone. I got through it all, and today I am a SURVIVOR!