Could things have been worse for Kim Heier? In 2007, the 41-year-old from Simi Valley, Calif., was going through a divorce, raising three kids and trying to get back into the work force. Then came the lump and the diagnosis: DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ).
For Hendy Dayton, 48, of San Francisco, the rush of emotion hit right after her first chemo treatment. "I had a friend come with me, we had lunch," she recalls. "I made it through the whole sessionand then I started crying when it was all over. I kept thinking, 'What have I just done to myself?'"
"Those are low, low times," says Pam Tazioli, 54, of Seattle. Her 2000 diagnosis (DCIS and invasive lobular carcinoma) and lumpectomy were followed by some of her darkest days when she received the news that there was lymph node involvement. "I remember at the time I was at home waiting for the call, and the anesthesia had made me nauseated. I had been throwing up for three days. You're by yourself; my caregiving team had left. You just lie on your bed and cry."