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Survivor Profile: HCS Central Office Employee Linda Goodwin

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On June 8, 2011, I was diagnosed with massive lobular carcinoma, a slow growing breast cancer. This type of cancer is hard to detect by mammograms. I had had three years of abnormal mammograms; which were redone and cleared. But with this type of cancer, the harder you press, the more it disburses and gives a false “normal” reading. Ultra sounds and/or MRIs are recommended. I had a double mastectomy on June 24th. To-date; I’ve completed chemo and radiation treatments and a total of five surgeries in one year (with at least two to follow).

Before I had my cancer, I heard about the fund raisers, the pink ribbons, the runs, etc. I supported the cure. I did my checks and prevention. But now – I feel like a member of a special club, surrounded by special people (some I didn’t know where survivors). On October 20, 2012, I walked in my first Susan G. Komen’s 5K; surrounds by friends, family and co-workers. As we crossed the finish line, I was handed a beautiful pink carnation representing my completion as a survivor. I cried happy tears….I had made it.

-Linda Goodwin

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