Created 28-May-14
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My name is Deszeray Summers-Kyles, I am twenty-two years old and in January of 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. I was told that it had spread to my lymph nodes, liver and pelvic bone.


In the beginning of 2012, I noticed my right breast was significantly bigger then my left breast and that concerned me so I told my grandparents and they began to worry and took me to the hospital to get it checked. We went to several doctors, they all told me it was nothing or fibrocystic. Even after telling them that breast cancer ran in my family on my fathers side they still decided not to do a mammogram because of my age at the time. They also told me you can not get breast cancer from your father.


A few months later a lump appeared and I told my grandparents again but during this time my insurance had kicked me off because we forgot to send them a paper in, so I went a whole year without going to the doctor and the pain became worse. My grandpa said once I got back on the insurance he wanted to take me to an oncologist because he was tired of my mis-diagnose that I had been receiving prior years before.


Once January came around I made an appointment with my general doctor and he referred me to a surgeon because he thought it was just a cyst. The surgeon checked me out and said "You are a very unique individual, out of 40 years I have never seen someone like you with this problem." He then wanted me to have a ultrasound done, I had that done the next day and the doctor that looked at it said it wasn't a cyst and they wanted to do a mammogram. The mammogram came back as it not being a cyst so he then decided he wanted a biopsy done, after I did my biopsy I got my results and it came back as cancer. I told myself I wasn't going to freak out, in the back of my mind I had already figured out that it was cancer because I do a lot of research and it runs in my family.


After telling me I had cancer the doctor referred me to a oncologist and I went to see him the next day. He filled me in on everything that was going to happen such as telling me that no surgery would be necessary but I would have to go through chemotherapy and I may want to freeze my eggs because the chemo might destroy my ovaries but I told everyone that I wanted to wait and decided until after I know what stage I was in. We then did a PET scan and I found out I was in stage 4 so I said I'm not going to let it spread anymore let's go with the chemo.


My chemo, the first four treatments, was aggressive on me. I threw up for days and was weak and exhausted but by the 5th treatment I only threw up once and that would be a few days after my chemo.. I have really bad shortness of breath and I am in pre-menopause still and the chemo stopped my monthly. Also the chemo burned me a little on my back and my sides and side of the breast. And I do not have to do any radiation.


I was pretty much on "house arrest" during the 103 days of my journey because my family was afraid that I would catch something, so in order to occupy my time when I was feeling good I decided that I wanted to do something that inspired young people or people in general who are going through something and don't think they can make it. My family and friends kept me strong and my spirits up. I did six chemotherapy treatments, as of today I am cancer free but I do have to go back every three weeks to get my Herceptin drug to keep my cancer cells contained.

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