Deb – Minnesota

Deb – Minnesota

Thank you to Francie Duea for this lovely session of Deb and her family!  Here is Deb’s cancer story:

In December of 2016, I had my annual mammogram for the 36th time.  My 5th lump was discovered, which required ultrasound and biopsy.  My preliminary biopsy was benign, but a rare tumor – Phyllodes.  Plans were made with an oncology surgeon to have it removed.  Little did I know, that this would be my 1st of 4 surgeries in 7 months.

5 days after, I received a call from my surgeon that changed my life.  My tumor was not only rare but malignant.  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing!  2 days later, I found myself heading back to surgery for more tissue to be removed.  1 week to the day of my cancer news, my surgeon was calling again.  I was not prepared to hear: “Tissue was clear of residual tumor, but a second cancer was found!” DCIS-stage 0 carcinoma.  She reassured me; I would not die from this but would require more surgery.

My brain was on overload from all the information on surgical options the best option for me was double mastectomy with expanders to start reconstruction.  I had 6 weeks to plan, heal my infection and prepare myself emotionally for the BIGGEST surgery of my life!  It was a very fearful time for me, however, I knew my loving family and my BIG GOD would help me through.

My surgery was on April 20th, 2017. My recovery was 10 weeks followed by final reconstruction in September.  4 more weeks of recovery followed with. During these times, I looked to the internet for support and entertainment.  I found this non-profit agency called Magic Hour.  They provided photo sessions to people in cancer treatment or a cancer survivor. I am very thankful for this opportunity.  I just passed my 1-year cancer free anniversary and these photos captured my family’s celebration.

I will cherish them for the rest of my life.

Thank you, Caitlin (director of Magic hour) and Francie – our photographer, for making this possible.


Deb Dwyer