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From Patient to Staff Member After a Double Mastectomy 

Michelle WareIt all started when I noticed a small dimple in my right breast. When it was time for my annual mammogram, I made it a point to mention the dimple to the technician. Sharing this information proved to be invaluable because the technician was able to do further tests during my visit.

When my OB/GYN received the test results, she recommended I see surgeon Dr. Qammar Rashid who performed a biopsy and scan. What they found were five masses in my right breast and activity in my left breast. After much prayer, I decided to trust God, work the plan my team and I discussed, and move forward with a double mastectomy. For me, it didn’t change my identify as a woman at all. I put things into perspective: my ability to live and enjoy my family is what’s most important.

I am extremely pleased with my entire team of "Rock Stars:” my oncologist Dr. David Shepard, my surgeon Dr. Qammar Rashid, my reconstruction surgeon Dr. Joseph Woods, and nurse navigator Rose McKeever who leads my breast cancer support group. Rose is my gift from God and friend. I am also thankful to my angels in the Infusion Center. They have a wealth of knowledge and aided me through times when I felt like I couldn't take a step further.

I appreciate the care and concern my family and I received during my treatment. I love the spirit of not only surviving, but thriving that exists at DeKalb Medical! I had taken the last year off work to regain my strength and focus on family. When I decided it was time to go back to work, I was fortunate enough to become part of the team in the Cancer Genetics department. Now, I get to share in the care of others, as well as pass along the positive, winning attitude that I received during my treatments at DeKalb Medical.

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