Monthly Archives: October 2011

Vickie’s Appearance on Fox TV

Vickie's Appearance on Fox TV in NY


Watch Vickie’s appearance on Fox TV New York where she talks about breast cancer issues with Lisa Gallipoli of Susan G. Komen for the Cure-North Jersey and television host Brenda Blackmon.

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Young Women and Breast Cancer

"Young Women Can Get Breast Cancer, Too" in the October issue of Inside Jersey.

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Young Women Can Get Breast Cancer, Too

"Young Women Can Get Breast Cancer, Too" in the October issue of Inside Jersey

“Young Women Can Get Breast Cancer, Too” in the October issue of Inside Jersey

As I pack for my final round of chemotherapy, I wonder how in the world I ended up here. I had always thought that turning 30 would be a milestone, bringing a host of pivotal life changes. And, in a way, I guess it has.

Since hitting 30 late last year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, had a few eggs surgically removed to protect them from the poisons used to treat cancer, had a few dozen lymph nodes taken out and, of course, eight rounds of my chemo cocktail.

I still strive to feel like any other woman, even though my hair has yet to grow back. My best friend tells me on a daily basis that I saved my own life.
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Welcome to Breast Cancer At 30, an online resource about breast cancer and how it affects young women. The site was created by Victoria St. Martin, a journalist who learned of her breast cancer diagnosis in February 2011, just a few months after her 30th birthday. At an age when many women are planning weddings and preparing for the arrivals of newborns, Vickie was selecting a surgeon to perform a double-mastectomy and making arrangements to freeze her eggs in an attempt to perserve her fertility despite the ravages of chemotherapy.

This site was created to provide information for other breast cancer survivors as they deal with the distinct challenges facing those who are diagnosed with the disease in their 30’s and earlier.

Read Vickie’s own account of her journey – and her advice for other young survivors.

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