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|A Breast Cancer Survivor Goes the Distance with Her Son|
|Article date: 2008/09/26|
While on vacation in Prague in May 2005, Colleen Creamer accidentally found a lump in her breast while taking a shower. She was surprised because she had had a breast exam at her annual OB/GYN visit 5 months earlier. She wasn't aware of any family history of breast cancer and had had her annual mammogram the previous May, at age 40.
The first thing Creamer did upon returning home to Framingham, Mass. was call her doctor's office and schedule an appointment for the same day. Her doctor referred her for a mammogram, which was also scheduled quickly.
Creamer started to suspect something was wrong when the technician at the mammogram office asked her to take her films and drive immediately to the ultrasound office across town. That uneasy feeling continued to grow at the ultrasound office.
"They kept saying, 'We don't know what it is,'" she recalls. "The technician didn't say anything, but I could literally see the pity in her eyes. Even though I didn't know it was cancer, I knew it was cancer in my heart, you know. They weren't acting with such expediency and urgency if they really thought it was nothing."
On her way home, Creamer's primary care physician called her cell phone and told her, "You need to make an appointment with a breast surgeon. Do you need referrals for an oncologist?"
"It wasn't until I heard that word that I knew I had cancer," she says. By that time, she was at home standing in her driveway so that her son Warren wouldn't overhear the conversation.
"The whole thing was just very shocking," she says. "I thought I was very prepared. But when the doctor said, 'You have cancer,' it was still shocking to me. You can't ever really be prepared for someone to say those words to you."
Today is today,
Tomorrow is tomorrow,
Yesterday was the past,
Filled with sorrow,
For it was a tragic day in mid December,
It seemed like yesterday I can clearly remember,
She seemed so healthy and grand,
Next thing I know I'm in the hospital holding her hand,
For the cancer had got her and she has fell,
As you see she was doing so well,
She fought the good fight,
But the cancer took all of her might,
So remember this,
Time goes way to fast,
So make the moments last.
By Laura Houck, Pennsylvania