I am 84 years old, a retired registered nurse with two children and seven
grandchildren. I enjoy reading and walking.
I was diagnosed at the age of 84, had a lumpectomy on my left breast, no
Many times in our lives we blithely have experiences that impact us at
the time or later. A lot of women in my age group forget to pay attention
to their breasts! They ignore scheduling mammograms or examining their
organs. My story is one of realizing early that there was a small, but
significant lump in my left breast. I pursued this knowledge with sound
information, sincere and deep faith with the support of my family and
friends. I realized that treatment was needed, and I was sent to Dr. Taft
at Jupiter Medical Center’s Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center.
After many exams it was decided that the lump had to be excised and treated
pathologically. It proved to be malignant, but Dr. Taft was able to remove
the tumors without lymph nodes being involved.
Everyone was kind and helpful to me and I can strongly recommend women
of my age to pay attention to their breasts so that if any changes occur
treatment can be pursued by informed, knowledgeable and experienced clinicians.
Again, I want to reiterate that the support of family and friends, the
deep abiding faith one has will help us through the ordeal for that which
we call “Breast Cancer”.
Message to other women:
Please examine your breasts and schedule your mammogram. You are never
too old to stop taking care of your health.
The theme of my chair is Faith, Family & Friends. Being diagnosed with
breast cancer at the age of 84 was a lesson in paying attention to my
body and pursuing a resolution to the problem. It was also a lesson in
relying on the sincere and deep faith I have and the support of my family
Everyone was kind and helpful to me along the way. I was taken care of
by experienced and knowledgeable clinicians who put me at ease and got
me through this ordeal we call “Breast Cancer”.
Marmi at The Gardens Mall
3101 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410