I am a very fortunate and healthy breast cancer survivor, which always makes October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month special to me. I was actually diagnosed with breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2003. It was also the month of October, two years later when, unbeknownst to me at the time, our lavender farm began to evolve into a bath & body business. You can read more about my story HERE.
You know my story, I want to hear your story! During the month of October, please share a story with us of someone you love that is currently battling breast cancer or is a breast cancer survivor. By using the hash tag #LavenderWithLove, we will be tracking stories and will be doing random drawings throughout the month. If your story is chosen, we will send a beautiful box of #LavenderWithLove products to the person whose story you shared with us - from you, compliments of Hummingbird Farms. And of course, if you are a breast cancer survivor or currently being treated, please send us your own story as well, and your name will be included in the drawings.
There are several ways you can get your story to us:
- You can reach us directly by using the form below to share your story.
- You can send us a video or a story to our Facebook page HERE or you can private message us through Facebook.
- You can send us a video or direct message us via Instagram HERE.
If you choose to reach us via Facebook or Instagram, be sure and use hash tag #LavenderWithLove so we can find your story. I really look forward to building a community of stories that will inspire us all. And more importantly, stories that I believe always lead to a silver lining.
Health & Happiness,
I am one of the lucky ones. I am a breast cancer survivor. I found out I had breast cancer at the age of 43. I was a divorced mother of three children, working full time, going thru chemotherapy treatments and radiation. The hardest for me was not the treatments really.....it was watching the fear in my children's eyes when they looked at me wondering if they were losing their mother. I had the "cancer look" - bald head, tired eyes, no energy, but not once did I let them think I was not going to beat the one thing that threatened their secure world. By the grace of God, I am now 64 years old and doing wonderful. My children are grown; I have two grandchildren and I remarried 4 years ago. Life does not end with a cancer diagnosis - it just makes you a stronger more determined woman to fight for what you have to look forward to - Hope. Life. Love.
October 14th,2016 was the date of my lumpectomy. The prognosis was to be a 'walk in the park". No worries as this was early and totally treatable. I was run through the cancer protocol, the same as was in place 60 years ago, with missteps and mistakes and out and out lies over and over again through each phase. I noticed on a printout from my oncologist and in fine print that the procedures I endured did not mean I was cancer free. The opposite of what the pre-op information was.
I won't go into all the details because, it just would not help anyone and it puts me in a state of anxiety that is just not worth it.. I must say this. Check out your providers. Cancer is big business. You may be just a big dollar sign.
Trying to change providers has been unsuccessful because, I cannot get them to release my records to a new provider. Not the hospital. Not the oncologist.
My story is our story...we have all been touched by cancer either personally, or through friends or family. I have had no less than 8 friends who have had breast cancer and one with recurrent, who recently had a mastectomy and reconstruction and is doing great!
One of my friends, Mary Ann and I were in the office restroom one day when she mentioned she had found a couple of lumps. She wanted me to see what I thought because I tended to be the community office doctor wanna be. I told her to get right over to her physician, which she did. After testing, she was sent to Emory Hospital where her biopsy and then mastectomy took place. Her Oncologist told her she had less than a 30% survival with this type of aggressive cancer and spread to lymph nodes. She almost gave up because the chemo made her so ill, but her Oncologist told her she would not make it without the chemo. He was a tough Doctor, and hats off to him, because he saved her life and she survived this cancer and has been cancer free for over 28 years! I tell this story because it was in the days leading up to some better drugs and breakthroughs and she has been an example of how survival is more than possible and is even more prevalent now! Her ability to pull out all stops even when wanting to throw in the towel, shows us the courage we as women have in times of struggle! It gave me such hope and allows me to tell this story to give others hope now!
i was diagnosed with breast cancer on june 9th 2016. I was 27 years old. when they told me i had breast cancer i just froze. i didnt know what to say. i didnt know if i wanted to cry or to get angry. on Aug 16th 2016 I went in and had a double mastectomy and had tissue expanders put in. The surgery went well. I was so scared because it was the first surgery I have ever had. But my mom and my cousin and my two pastors were there for me so it helped to have them there. After my surgery i went in once a week for tissue expander fills to get me ready for implants and i was doing chemo as well. I did 4 rounds of the red devil which is the agressive chemo and then i did 4 rounds of taxol, the less aggressive form of chemo. the chemo was horrible. i was sick all the time and had hot flashes and lost my hair and i even lost the feeling in my fingers and toes. even to this day i have no feeling in my toes. i did radiation after chemo and at first i thought it was going to be easy because i wasnt really burning. but it got worse and i ended up with 2nd degree burns under my arm and on my right breast and underneath. it hurt so bad that i couldnt even put my arm down. i couldnt wear a bra either. the radiation made me really tired all the time too. through all of the treastmeants and just everything that came along with the cancer, i stayed positive. I always just found a way to laugh about it or to turn it into something positive. that is what helped me get through it all. i have basically been alone through everything. my mom lives far away and i really dont have any true friends. so i had to face it by myself but thats okay because I have God and he is all i need.
i really believe having cancer changed my life for the better. i used to be so negative and angry all the time. i took everything for granted. i hated God because of thinngs that have happened to me. having cancer has brought me closer to God and im not that angry negative person anymore. i see life as a gift now and i realize that we never know when our time will come and whatever time i have left, i want to make the best of it. i have a heart for people who have been abused and people who are suicidal and people who self harm and those with cancer because i have dealt with those things myself and having cancer showed me that i need to use those situations ive been in to help people and to be here for people who are going through those things. and now i am in a place where i want to reach out and help people because i want to make a difference in someone life before i pass away. cancer is a horrible thing but i am so thankful that i have cancer and have been going through all of this because it has made me the person i am today. it made me a stronger more compassionate and grateful person.
My aunt went in for a routine dermatology appointment and although she had recently had her mammogram, the dermatologist noticed a spot on her nipple and after a series of test it came back that she had breast cancer. Things happened very quickly after that and we were all very surprised with this diagnosis. They removed her breast and she began chemo treatments. First round of chemo, she had an allergic reaction and got very sick. However, she had three more treatments to go... Each one was a battle but she handled it with so much grace proclaiming her strength in the Lord. The first week of October she completed her last round of Chemo and is cancer free. We are so grateful the cancer was caught early and that she is doing well. My aunt lives 8 hours away from the rest of the family, so it's been very difficult to be away when you just want to be there for her. Would love for her to get this special gift.
My name Ian Crystal. My grandmother and grandfather both passed from breast cancer in 2004. In 2012 when I was 32 yrs old I started to try to get a preventative mastectomy since many others in my family were also diagnosed with breast cancer. I wanted to be proactive. Unfortunately Insurance wouldn’t allow it. My dad then passed from cancer in September 2015, which made the insurance company take it more seriously and they agreed to at least do the gene test. Test was done in June 2016 and the results came back positive for the breast cancer gene in October 2016. Insurance then agreed to have mammograms and MRIs, one every six months, even though I technically wasn’t of the age to start having images done. The first mammogram in Dec 2016 was inconclusive due to dense breast tissue but they recommended a 3D ultra sound. Insurance wouldn’t allow another test so I had to wait until June 2017 for the MRI. when results were in, I was immediately referred to the oncologist, had multiple biopsies and was officially diagnosed with breast cancer on 8/18/17, 2 days after my 37th birthday. It is now 10/10/17 and my double mastectomy is scheduled for 10/12/17. It has been a stressful time for me and my family, waiting for the next appointment and the next bit of information. I’m just blessed to have a husband and family that are supporting me through this. Wish we could’ve avoided all this other treatment by doing a preventative mastectomy 5 years ago, but perhaps this story will be one that gets the insurance companies more willing to do them when cancer is inevitable. Just seems like the most reasonable thing to do in order to prevent cancer.
My mom Madelaine survived breast cancer in 1996 at the age of 50, catching it early and facing a lumpectomy and radiation. In December of 2015, it was discovered she not only had a reoccurance in her original location but a lump in the other breast and underwent a double masectomy 20 years later to the original diagnosis. She is now in remission but has fought her battle amidst other health issues of spine and hip surgery, all within in the same year of this diagnosis. All the while she had remained strong in her faith in God and hope for her future. She is a courageous, beautiful woman who gives so much more than she receives and is loved by so many. Thanks Deb for all you do and advocating for all these amazing women, including yourself, just like my mom.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August, 2010. I had gone in for a mammogram and was called back for an ultrasound. I found out I had to have a biopsy. Two days later I found out I had cancer. I was a teacher and school was about to start. I was so scared. I was lucky and had very good doctors. I did have to have a bilateral mastectomy but no chemo or radiation. I am truly blessed. I thank God every day that I am a survivor.
Hello, my name is Melanie Sandfoss.
My very good friend Jennifer Malmstrom was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2012. Needless to say, it was a blow to her family and friends. Jenny is very active and healthy person. She is always going, going, going with a large family, work and friends. Her goal after the diagnosis was to keep everything as normal as possible. She kept her schedule with her job, made it to the family functions and kept up with her kids and their lives. There were many days she did not feel good but keeping normal kept her going. By her 50th birthday celebration in December she had just finished chemo and was very thankful for all the support from her family and friends. This year she received the 5 year cancer free milestone. I am so proud of how Jenny faced this challenge and continues to face her fears of this horrible disease.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 yrs ago. I was in my 40s. I had a span of a few weeks when I knew I had breast cancer but did not know the prognosis or treatment plan. We had a son at A&M at the time so went ahead and attended a pre-planned Aggie weekend. At one point, I felt all the emotions of my diagnosis and just sat on a curb outside the stadium and sobbed for all I feared I would miss. It was a definite low and scary point.
This past weekend, 6 years later, I found myself near the same spot where I melted. I am now happy, healthy, finished with treatment and have watched a child graduate from college, 1 from high school, our daughter get her Masters degree, get married, have a child and now another grand baby on the way.
I have savored lots of sweet special moments and been present for lots of normal living, which I'm super grateful for now.
I've also had friends diagnosed with breast cancer since then and lost two to the disease. The fight continues but hope abounds!
I have a new pink Aggie shirt that says on the back, "There's no place like hope." I want to wear it every day because it is how I feel.
I love the lavender products from Hummingbird Farms and give them to all my friends.