Survivor: Better to be wrong than late

By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

"Oh my God, I have cancer. How can I have cancer? Why do I have cancer? I don't have breast cancer in my family," recalled Amy Seidman.

Amy never thought she'd be the one of eight women who develop breast cancer. "I did start having mammograms when I was 35, and I did start having calcifications in my breasts, so they always watched very closely. And at 44, I had no lumps, I had not thought of having any problems."

But at 44, her mammogram did not comeback clean. "And, they said, we still can't really tell, we'd like to do a biopsy, so I went and did the biopsy like anything else. And I got the call on January 20 that I had breast cancer -- that all of the biopsies were positive."

Amy was diagnosed with introductal cancer. "And the choice was have a lumpectomy or a myectomy. And, in my opinion, it was take it all. Get all the breast cancer out. I don't want to be diagnosed with breast cancer again. And if you need to take both breast, then take them. I don't want to get it in the other breast. And, in 2000, they said, 'What you want to have a hysterectomy, too?' And I said, 'No, I don't want to have a hysterectomy, but if it's necessary, and it's going to prevent me from having cancer, then yes.' Today, they would say, 'Do you want to take your other breast and your ovaries, too, to prevent breast cancer?' In 2000, they didn't say that."

Amy was saved and now takes her message of survival public. "I think the most important thing is to know your body. And if you have any question, if you feel a lump, feel strange, feel different. Anything you feel, that's not normal for you, you know your body. So you go to the doctor, and you say, 'I don't feel right. My breast hurts. I have a lump. It feels like a cyst. I've never felt this before.' Better to be wrong than to be late."

That's the message she shares at Think Pink Rocks, an annual concert held at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. This year, she and her Think Pink Rocks crew are bringing in the talents of Nelly, 50 Cent, Flo Rida, Shontelle, Pitbull, DJ Kassidy and several others.

"Our goal is to have a sold out concert with people who want to learn about breast cancer, testing and help us raise money so more people are saved, like Stephanie and I have been saved. So we can help find a cure so people don't have to go through this."

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