After her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Carol Hunter was closely watched by her oncologist. In 2006, after a misdiagnosis the previous year, Carol was told she had cancer in one breast. There was just one hitch: it turned out she had cancer in both breasts.
Carol’s determination to get answers could have very well saved her life. Two doctors had disagreed on her diagnosis. She took her health into her own hands and pursued a third assessment, this one confirming she had ductal carcinoma in situ or DCIS, the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. Having witnessed discrepancies in her diagnosis, she strongly advises that women be evaluated by more than one doctor. It is also imperative that more than one doctor analyze the pathology report from any biopsy. “Be proactive. Get second and third opinions. You know what’s best.”
She is living proof that you can be cured thanks to advances in modern day medicine. “I tell women who have been diagnosed that I’m alive, and so many women are today. So many new treatments are available now that weren’t around in the past.”
Exercise, work, and her family – her husband, two sons, and parents – were her sources of fortitude, enabling her to go on and get well. She never let the disease control her; instead, she brushed it off as best she could and moved forward. “I never considered myself sick and just wanted to get back to my normal lifestyle,” says Carol.