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Diane Durden of Twentynine Palms, California: Her Testimony as a Breast Cancer Survivor

Updated on July 15, 2011

I've been goggling or searching about 'breast cancer on women of olden times' when I came across at the first link on first page of almost 100 thousands of result. The name of the blogger or testimony revealer is Diana Durden - a breast cancer survivor - telling all the background and what she'd experienced before, during and after her treatment.

The article is only the first in the series and published on this link under the banner name of The Desert Trail at Twenty Nine Palms, Yucca Valley, California, USA.

Her three-series testimonial is first-rate and my impulse is to share it with other hubbers this month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She even included what I've been searching...although impasse, as to what really happened to women with breast cancer during olden times. Egyptians recorded their accounts as early as 1500 B.C. through the preserved papyrus (a kind of early papers--writing material).

Can I recount Ms. Durden's testimony. Or just paraphrase it? I'm sure, women of all ages, with or without breast cancer can learn and brave themselves to fight the disease, that is considered the second death-causing diseases among women around the world.

Photos by Diane Durden & Family

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All photos c/o Diane Durden
All photos c/o Diane Durden
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Diane Durden having a 'new' life after the cancer

My initial knowledge with Ms. Diane Durden is her article at the online local newspaper, The Desert Trail of Yucca Valley in California.

Then as I searched for her name at Facebook, more than five similar entries appeared. I narrowed it into one by looking at the address and added her as a friend.

Since Facebook is a social network, I initially perused her photos, her causes and advocacy and instantly became closer to what she's fighting for, being a breast cancer survivor.

A retiree of the US Marine Corps, Ms. Durden is continuing her fight against the disease by speaking on seminars regarding breast cancer and related works, visiting centers catering to women in remission and even participating in charity runs to help victims of the cancer.

Based from the first in the three-series articles, Ms. Durden enumerated the causes of having breast cancer, such as:

  • age, family and personal history, weight, diet, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise exercise and exposure to estrogen.

She elaborated all the factors mentioned. The guidance of medical expert should always be considered, according to her, in order to reduce the risk of acquiring the disease.

I was stunned by what she'd written that an individual cannot prevent breast cancer, unlike the skin or lung cancer. There are no known direct causes even she enumerated the factors triggering breast cancer among women and also men.

Breast cancer is synonymous with women because every year, many females are diagnosed with the disease.

Stefanie LaRue, Breast Cancer Survivor c/o womenshealthcare


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Yes, I salute her for her bravery. Ms. Diane is an exceptional woman whose life is now focus at combating breast cancer.

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      7 years ago from Seven Seas

      A very brave woman. Thanks for sharing, travel man.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You're welcome, Dallas. It feels great to unravel stories regarding that dreaded disease which continue claiming lives, especially women.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great hub. Thanks!


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