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Amy A Faces of Breast Cancer - Amy's Story

“Cancer has taught me many things, including having the right perspective, embracing help and recognizing that cancer brings out the nice in people. This realization has lifted me up and makes me hopeful for the future.”

Amy Amadeo and her cousin, Andrea, went together every year to get their mammograms. Unfortunately, life got in the way, and three years had passed since their last mammography. This time, Amy went alone and her mammogram showed a suspicious lesion. Additional testing confirmed breast cancer. Amy’s treatment included a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

“Andrea was my chemo buddy. She, along with my family helped me navigate the impact of my cancer diagnosis,” says Amy. “It is hard to prepare for the roller coaster of emotion and its evolution from initial diagnosis to treatment and survivorship,” she continues. The professionals who provided the psychosocial services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center helped Amy navigate those feelings and recognize that she was not alone.

“Cancer has taught me many things, including having the right perspective, embracing help and recognizing that cancer brings out the nice in people. This realization has lifted me up and makes me hopeful for the future.”