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Dyana Anderson – Breast Cancer Survivor Story

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In honour of breast cancer awareness month, this series will highlight stories of strong and courageous women who have won their battle with this life-changing illness. Dyana Anderson from Anguilla, shares her very personal and unique story with us, revealing how she is coping post-cancer and offers words of advice to the public and those who may be suffering from this illness right now.

When were you diagnosed and at what age?

I was diagnosed at the age of 37.

What stage were you diagnosed with?

 I was diagnosed at Stage 1, on the borderline of Stage 2.

How was the cancer initially detected? (i.e. through a breast self-exam (BSE), a clinical breast-exam (CBE) or an annual mammogram)

The cancer was detected after a BSE. I found a lump and it was confirmed after a biopsy.

How did you feel when you first received the news?

When I received the news, I was scared. I wondered, “why me” and I was depressed for weeks.  

Is there a history of breast cancer in your family?

Yes there is a history of breast cancer in my family – my mother had breast cancer.

Did you have a support network? If not, how did you overcome that or find one?

Yes. I had a few close friends and my family has been with me every step of the way.

Tell me about your treatment process.

My treatment consisted of chemotherapy, followed by radiation therapy.

Were there any programmes or services offered to you that would help with the treatment process?

No, there were no programmes offered to me that would have really helped with the treatment process.

Did you face any obstacles during your treatment process? If so, how did you overcome these obstacles?

 No, I did not face any obstacles during the treatment.

What message would you like to provide women in the community? 

Perform self-checks and should you feel any lumps or experience any abnormal changes in your breasts, consult your doctor immediately.

By: Chantel Dacosta

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