Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Story and Wisdom
A missed mammogram
Diane Wood had missed her mammogram over the summer. She was busy. Her dad was recovering from surgery, and she had her own job at Moline's Wilson Middle School to take care of.
By late November, 2013, though, the 59-year-old Moline woman noticed a pain in her breast. Still busy, she ignored it. When it didn't go away, she told her husband and her best friend.
They insisted she see the doctor immediately. Thank goodness.
A visit to her doctor
"I got the dreaded call to come back after my mammogram," she says. "Then I had a second mammogram, an ultrasound and a biopsy. The biopsy showed it was definitely cancer."
Most of 2014 was taken up with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
The Trinity Cancer Center Family
"It sounds kind of silly but I looked forward to my treatment appointments," she says today. "I loved the Trinity Cancer Team. They knew exactly what I needed. And they were so compassionate, reassuring and gentle.
"I would definitely recommend going to Trinity. They are wonderful."
Diane wants to help other Quad-City women who are struggling with breast cancer. Here are her top tips to protect your health . and help others, too:
Diane's Top 6 Tips for Women
- Never let busy get in the way of health.
- Never ignore breast pain.
- Being a woman is the #1 risk factor for breast cancer.
- If you do get cancer, choose expert and compassionate care providers.
- Be kind to everyone all the time. They are struggling with something.
- Help others by sharing your resources, time and/or money. Every little bit helps!
Early detection saves lives. Schedule your mammogram today.