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Aug 11, 2017
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Here's her story. At the age of 35, Diane had two young children, a husband, and a full life ahead of her. During a routine doctor visit, Diane followed that still small voice and asked her doctor for a baseline mammogram. He granted her request and ordered the test. Unfortunately, it revealed a small tumor that turned out to be Stage I breast cancer. Following surgery, some radiation, and five years of Tamoxifen, the cancer was gone. She continued to live life to its fullest, eventually returning to her passion, teaching, at Clarendon Elementary after 11 years of being a stay-at-home mom . Fast forward 14 years to 2016. Following a doctor visit for a Kidney Stone, an additional discovery was found. Her breast cancer had returned, and this time in her bones. It was diagnosed as Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. Following a brief stint with pill-form chemo and some radiation, a second form of breast cancer showed up in her lungs. She underwent IV chemo for six months, and all appeared stable for a short while. After returning from a vacation over Easter break in 2017, she began to have issues with her kidneys and bladder, and she spent multiple days in the ER and hospital over the next six weeks. Things were not getting better and her kidneys required nephrostomy tubes to keep them draining. Still no relief. After further testing it was discovered that a third form of breast cancer had spread to the colon and stomach, and this time it was not receptive to interventional treatment. On June 28, Diane made the decision to stop all intervention and enjoy whatever time God has left for her, living life and spending time with her family and friends.