Marble Falls survivor urges women to get tested
September 30, 2013, 6:37 pm by Alexandria Randolph
October is breast cancer awareness month, and survivor and Marble Falls
Middle School math
teacher Patty McAlpin is urging women to get tested early.
The 45-year old McAlpin is fighting stage three invasive ductal carcinoma with DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ.
"I got my biopsy done on Feb. 14, and found out I was positive on Feb. 19,” she said.
On March 18, she went under the knife.
"I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction,” McAlpin said.
McAlpin’s case required more chemotherapy than usual because the cancer had spread into her lymph nodes. She has six weeks of radiation treatment left.
McAlpin said that when she first learned of her condition, she was in shock, but the feeling subsided.
"I felt at peace from the very beginning knowing that I was going to be ok,” she said. "At the same time your brain is swirling with medical terms and choices I had to make. My feelings ran the gamut.”
In order to manage her emotions and keep track of her progress, McAlpin began a blog on CaringBridge.org, a site for those suffering from medical struggles.
"It was kind of like a diary for me,” she said. "It’s been
easy to get information to a lot of people rather than having to repeat
yourself. I’ve been really honest with the good times and the bad times. It
became cathartic and helped me work through things.”
For the full story, see Monday's Highlander.
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