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LaShaun Davis My story started in April 2015. I went to have my annual mammogram. While we were waiting for the results, they called me back and said that they needed to take some more pictures. So, I didn't think anything of it, until they called me back into a private room with my husband. The pathologist said, "I'm not going to beat around the bush, I'm going to be honest with you. It looks like Cancer." At that time, my heart fell and all I could think was, "I don't want to die!" The pathologist then said that we needed to do a biopsy right then. So, while I was waiting for the biopsy to begin, all I could think was I didn't want to die. We had to wait over the weekend and it seemed to last forever. On Monday, I was at work and I got a phone call from my family doctor. She told me that she was sorry, but I do have breast cancer. At this time, I was freaking out and crying. I asked her if my husband and I could come in and ask her some questions. She agreed to meet with us that day. We were told to set up an appointment to see an oncologist. Just as I was about to call, my brother told me that a friend of ours was diagnosed with breast cancer and that I should call her oncologist in Fort Collins. I made the call and was able to meet Dr. Medgsey. Not only did she answer my questions verbally, she took my notebook and started writing the answers for me. One of my questions was, "Do I need to get a second opinion?" She said that I did not need to do that. She is on the Board and that not only does she look at the biopsy results, there are five other doctors who look at them as well. Dr. Medgysey suggested a treatment plan of 20 very aggressive treatments of chemotherapy, surgery and then six weeks of radiation. She also suggested that we meet with Dr. Dickinson about getting a mega-port imported for the chemo treatments. After the port was imported, I started my chemotherapy the day after Mother's Day in 2015. That first treatment lasted forever. I was told that I should take about two weeks off of work but I only took off one. During my treatments, I did not get sick, I just got tired. I remember the doctor and the nurses telling me that I might lose my hair after two weeks of treatment. Well, exactly two weeks into my Chemo treatments, I was out at the lake with my husband, and noticed that my hair was falling out. I looked in the mirror and, I kid you not, I looked like "Fire Marshal Bill" from the 90's TV show In-Living Color.....LOL! You have to have a sense of humor and that I did. I remember one day while I was at work, in between my chemo treatments and my surgery, I was having some chest pain. I called my daughter to call my family doctor. They told her to have me go to the emergency room. I didn't like that answer, so I headed to Fort Collins to see Dr. Medgyesy. The nurses-line called me and said that I should go to the ER, as well. So, I drove myself to the Longmont ER. They could see that I was very uncomfortable. When the doctor came in he said that I had about 10 gallstones and that I needed to have surgery to have them removed. When I was released, I went to see Dr. Dickinson in Fort Collins. After the consultation, we scheduled the surgery to happen in a couple of days. When we went in for the CONTINUED ON PG 54

LaShaun is the “Girl on Fire” in a Joseph A asymmetrical printed tank, $50, and Alfani easywear wide-leg black pant, $59.50. Playful multi-strand black and gold necklace, $44.50, earrings, $30, stud, $30, along with a snake rhinestone ring, $24.50, and Vince Camuto strappy leather chunky heels, $119, add a jazzy look. Courtesy of Macy’s Centerra, Loveland.

2017-09 Lydia's Style Magazine  
2017-09 Lydia's Style Magazine  

Annual Breast Cancer Issue!