Deb's Breast Cancer Journey
In this gallery you will see Deb's breast cancer journey unfold in pictures. These photos span the year from New Year's 1999 — 2000 to New Year's 2000 — 2001, a year of surgery and chemo, trial and triumph.
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Deb's Life Before Breast Cancer
|This is New Year's,
1999 - 2000. On December 13, Deb had her annual
mammogram and a mass was discovered in her left
breast. Things moved quickly. She was back in her
physician's office the next day. A biopsy was scheduled
for the next week, then postponed until January
4. While Deb prayed for the tumor to be benign she'd
already told her husband Roy (that's the handsome
guy in this picture and several others) that she
was sure she had cancer. On December 27, she sent
the first email to friends about her situation.
On New Year's Eve, with surgery and uncertainty
on the horizon, she and Roy went out for a night
summer Deb had been through an amazing number of
ups and downs. A mastectomy and a hysterectomy had
come and gone. Chemo had claimed her hair and a lot of energy. But Deb
kept on with life, getting braces, traveling and going to conferences. This picture was taken
at Somers White's formal dinner, held before the
National Speakers Association convention where Deb
had been nominated for membership on the Board of
|Cancer or no, chemo or no, Deb stayed positive even
thought that wasn't always easy. This is a picture
shows a typical scene of Deb at work in her office
with Cocoa the Dog. Here she is on the phone, casually
dressed and busy. About this time, Roy described
Deb as "bald, braces and still
the urge to do something overwhelmingly fun and
unexpected just seizes hold of Deb. Here she is
at a party, planting a kiss on the cheek of surprised
waiter who had complimented her just seconds before.
Things were looking up. It had been a year since
the original cancer diagnosis, and Deb was feeling
better even though recovery was not complete.
This picture was taken a year after
the first one in this gallery, at New
Years, 2000 - 2001. Recovery was still going
on. The braces would
be off soon. Deb had discovered that she liked
short hair. All in all, this was a time to celebrate--a
year of trial and testing, surgery and chemotherapy,
ups and downs, along with the support of friends.
It was a milestone on Deb's walk through the valley
of breast cancer.
Life Before Breast Cancer
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