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Surviving Breast Cancer Twice

Updated on April 11, 2018
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Susan is a breast cancer survivor who is now in remission after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

This is the second part of Breast Cancer My Story. You may want to read Part 1 first. Thanks

Pregnant Shortly After Chemotherapy

Six months of chemotherapy treatment were finally over and I was so happy about it. Two months following the end of my treatments I found out that I was pregnant. After visiting my family doctor and oncologist to see if the baby could possibly suffer from any ill effects due to the chemo, I got the best answer possible. There was no reason that I should not be able to deliver a healthy child. With that good news my boyfriend and I started to plan a wedding. We were married and still are to this day. After my first ultra-sound we found out that we were going to have twins. What a Miracle as I was sure before I became pregnant that the chemo would kill any chance of becoming a mother.

My Twin Boys
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Cancer Had Returned

Christmas comes again and my healthy twin boys are one and a half years old. Here we go again. In the one breast that I have left I find a very small hard spot. I am totally freaked out. Not again I think. I am married, have two small children that need me. What have I done to deserve this? I just want to see my boys grow up, go to school, get married and have children of their own. I say to myself OK, knock it off, you beat this once and you can do it again. Think positive, stay positive and fight again.

Surgery Again

January comes and I have the second breast removed, then six more months of chemotherapy. Do I want implants is the next thing on my mind. I was really torn between yes and no on this one. Not wanting to go in for any more surgery and having discussed it with my husband we decided on no implants.


My twin boys are no longer boys, they are now twenty-two years old and I have been cancer free for over twenty years now. I did have another son shortly after the second breast was removed and the chemo had ended. That was miracle number two.

Staying Possitive

It is truly remarkable how life ends up working itself out. People ask me how did you ever endure all of what you have had to. My answer is always the same. Stay positive and believe that you can beat whatever comes your way. Don’t give up, don’t give into the cancer, fight it. I do feel very fortunate for all the love and support I had going through cancer and I am grateful to be able to write this story with hopes that it can be an inspiration to all that read it.

Cancer Has Returned Once More

A new battle has begun. This time it is lung cancer.

© 2010 Susan Zutautas

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Susan.....Wishing you and yours a wonderful & blessed Holiday Season!! I just received some new pics of our twins....they've grown and changed so! Gram Dawg has to start planning the next visit to Georgia. Peace!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      FlourishAnyway, Thanks so much. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Paula, Thanks and while you're here, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. How are those twins doing?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      Cancer is tough, however, you keep on kicking cancer's butt and taking names. I love your resilience and fighting spirit. You're a great lady.

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Susan.......Good grief, girl.....not once, but again....and then a 3rd time, technically. You are wonder woman. I wholeheartedly believe your attitude and determination played a huge part in your successful recovery.

      Lots of breast cancer in my family....on both sides. One may think I would be incredibly vigilant, but I am the opposite. My Dr. has finally given up nagging and begging me to have regular mammograms. It is a clearly psychological thing with me...and I won't even talk about it.

      Now...I am going back to read a hub I saw, mentioning lung cancer. I am amazed at what you have gone through.........Peace UP+++

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Crafty, your comments mean mean a lot to me.

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      CraftytotheCore 

      4 years ago

      There really is no appropriate vote button for these stories that I believe are very inspiring to others. It's good to share our heart-felt painful experiences as it helps others cope in times of need. I'm so glad you are ok, but I'm so sorry this happened to such a nice person.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Eddy!

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you for sharing Susan and I know this will benefit so many.

      I wish you all the best and here's lots of hugs coming your way.

      Eddy.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cindy, It was scary but I got through it and you will too. Only thinking good and positive thoughts for you. Hang in there and beat it!

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Susan - thanks so much for sharing this with me. How scary it must have been ... to have to battle it multiple times. Just days since my diagnosis, I have experienced so many emotions. Thanks once again!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      healthylife, Thank you so much for reading :)

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      Healthy Life 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      So great to read a happy ending to your inspirational story!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lizam, Thank you so much, and so nice to meet you.

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      Lizam1 

      6 years ago from Victoria BC

      I am so glad to have read your story. The way you write is inspiring.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Melovy, Thank you so much for reading my story about breast cancer. So happy to hear that your mother too is a survivor.

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      Susan, this is amazing and so encouraging for any woman, but especially I think for younger women who have breast cancer. My mother is also had breast cancer over 20 years ago and had no return after a mastectomy.

      You went through a lot when your kids were little, thank you for sharing your encouraging story.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sunshine, Thanks for reading and have to kick it to the curb, no other choice :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for sharing your journey! Keep on fighting! Kick cancer to the curb!:)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Teresa, Thank you so much for your comments and yes it is an immense help having a good support system.

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      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an inspirational story. My mother had colon cancer 22 years ago and know the pain and turmoil she went through. She was a survivor like you and wanted to see her kids marry and meet her grandchildren. I helps very much when you have good support and goals to live for. I am so very happy it worked out for you as it did. Teresa

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Always my pleasure Susan.

      You are amazing! Now have you remembered to give yourself a kiss today:)! Lol!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH sorry for my delay in answering. I suppose we all have our ailments that we have to endure, but yes a positive outlook and attitude I believe really helps. Thanks so much for reading.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Susan - bravo to you:) my step dad went through chemotherapy and the whole process was tedious and the waiting always was so hard. I have heard that those who handle these things with a positive attitude have a remarkable increase in success. Good for you!

      Why oh why when something like this happens do we think we must have done something to deserve it? Bad things happen to good people unfortunately!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So sorry for the delayed reply. Thank you everyone all your comments mean the world to me.

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      celeBritys4africA 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      God bless you and your kids.

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      joleenruffin 

      7 years ago from Tracy, CA

      Thanks for sharing. It is an inspiration to me to meet a 20-year survivor :)

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      carrie450 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      What an inspiring story Susan. I'm so happy to see that you have 3 healthy children. I am also battling cancer. You seem to be a fighter just as I am. Positive thinking is the only way to go. I wish you all the very best and a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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      BeckyA 

      7 years ago

      How inspiring!! I am a survivor of ovarian cancer. I, too, just wanted to live to see my son grow up. He is now 21 and I am still doing okay!

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with such a happy ending. My husband died of esophageal cancer five years ago (hub: unresolved grief); and my mother died on Christmas morning '03 of lung cancer. I was with both of them through their illness and transition.

      Nice to meet you here.

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      Jaynie2000 

      7 years ago

      I love stories with happy endings. Congrats on kicking cancer's butt!

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      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      This must have been difficult to write. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. Everyone has a story, some are just inspirational. Thank you for the inspiration. :)

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      G Maria 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you very much Susan! You are a living example of God's grace and miracle. Truly inspiring!

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      Linda Rogers 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      This is so inspiring Susan. I too am a cancer survivor of almost seven years now. Your story is so good and hopeful for those going through it. You show us that cancer doesn't have to mean a death sentence anymore. Thanks:)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Turtle, Meg, and Vicki.

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      Susan Ungrey 

      7 years ago from Grand Rapids, Michigan

      What a great hub! You are an inspiration to all who are battling this horrible disease!

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      Meg Baron 

      7 years ago

      I'm not going to lie, I just starting tearing up, but in a happy/ relieved sort of way. I'm glad to know you and I'm glad you stayed so positive during those rough times.

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      TurtleDog 

      7 years ago

      You've really shown us how precious time and family is. Very touching story. Thrilled it worked out. Voted part one and part two UP. Very beautiful chapters of your life.

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 

      7 years ago

      My mom has thyroid cancer, I know how it feels.

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