Be Inspired: Meet Antoinette – Battle and Victory Session

I Photographed my Chemo buddy and friend Antoinette back in June the session was just a quick session. With her relapse and new treatment schedule we just connected again in October to get paperwork filled out for my Shoot for a cure session with her. We were planning a family session in November of this year but her schedule and the kids schedules were not agreeing with us, ha!

Here is Antoinette’s story
I am a mother of 2 young men ages, 10 and 16. I was home sick with the flu in April of 2011 when I went to my physician for a check up. The doctor told me it was past time for annual checkup so he did one, everything seemed fine except for the flu. Two days after seeing the doctor I felt a lump in my left breast and became very scared. I called my doctor and he told me to come into his office, upon examining me he felt the lump also and send me in for a biopsy.

On May 3, 2011 I was home in bed still sick and watching Good Morning America when the phone rang. It was my doctor he said the right breast was fine but the left breast was positive for Breast Cancer. I got scared and dropped the phone. I couldn’t believe I had Cancer. I was in shock. All I could think of was my two boys, who would take care of them. I wanted to live to see them grow up to become two wonderful young men and I wasn’t ready to leave them or my life partner. I had so many questions. I am the first in my family to have Breast Cancer.

Days and weeks went by, I started my first Chemo treatment on July7, 2011 and finished on November 17, 2011. It was rough but I did it. I met a lot of people, including my dear friend and chemo buddy Darlene. As we went through chemo together it was good to see her when I was able to stay awake. Even though I was every week and she was every other week. Darlene helped me out a lot and she put a smile on my face when I was not feeling so well at treatments.
I started my radiation on December 9, 2011. Radiation was painful for me I was sore and the breast was tender but I knew I had to do it. I went everyday 5 days a week for 20 minutes until January 20, 2012. I was glad it was over with and I could get on with my life.
I was excited to get back to work and start living my life to the fullest and then one Monday morning in May 2012 I noticed a lump on the left side of my neck at the collar bone. I became scared, called my doctor and had a biopsy right away. I waited 3 days for the results. On June 18, 2012, I was told I had Cancer again, I was in disbelief, not even 6 months and I had cancer again. I am currently back in chemotherapy plus I was chosen to do a tral for Triple Negative Breast Cancer patients. I am currently going to NYU Cancer Center in Manhattan for treatments. I am in good spirits, and have a great support team. I will stay positive.

Unfortunately Antoinette has now been told she has a brain tumor and is going for 10 Radiation treatments to shrink it.

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Submitted by Darlene Cunnup Photography
Rockville Centre, NY