21 Year Old Girl Loses Breast After Being Diagnosed with Rare Cancer

21 Year Old Girl Loses Breast After Being Diagnosed with Rare Cancer

Devin (BG nickname devindeborah) is a 21 year old girl from Michigan. At age 20, Devin was diagnosed with an extremely rare breast cancer, that normally would only rarely be seen in elderly women.

One year ago next month, Devin had a full left mastectomy (breast removal) followed by radiation treatment. She denied the chemotherapy they wanted her to do. She had her left boob scraped out, and then a tissue expander sewn into her armpit muscles.

Devin doesn’t have any photos of the procedure, but took a photo of what it looks like now for us here at Best Gore. Obviously, at present time it’s all healed up, but there’s a big difference between her right breast and what’s left of her left one.

Here’s Devin’s story in her own words:

When I was 15, I developed a lump in my left breast. I didn’t think anything of it. Neither did the docs.

When I was 20, it started growing rapidly, and in one month it was the size of a man’s fist. So I had a lumpectomy done where they removed the mass and sent it to pathology.

3 days later, the doc calls me and tells me it was extremely malignant. He told me it was a high grade phyllodes malignant tumor. Similar to a sarcoma, but not.

He told me I’d need a mastectomy immediately, followed by four months of chemo, and two of radiation.

During the next month the tumor grew back even faster, and was massive yet again. High grade, and very aggressive. They said I was in stage 3.

I went in for the mastectomy, and I didn’t realize how devastating it would really be to my self esteem. They gave me a 50% chance of survival.

After the surgery, I began radiation. But then stopped after ten treatments, because it was severely burning my skin, and the whole thing was making my depression worse.

They had never seen anyone my age with this cancer anywhere in the world. So now it’s a waiting game.

If it comes back it means it already metastasized and will be located in my lungs. If that happens, they say no treatment will do any good, and I will live for about 1.5 years.

So now I just get a CT scan every 6 months to check my lungs. It’s been a crazy depressing ride.

On behalf of the entire Best Gore community, I’m sending prayers and positive vibrations your way, Devin. We’ll be here for you all along – you’re not alone in the difficult fight. I’m wishing for healthy lungs, and many years of fulfilling and productive life for you.

And as for your breasts – they’re beautiful. A perfect pair are a dime a dozen. Few woman can brag about having them this unique and unmatched. Perfection gets really boring really fast. It’s the unique imperfections that make one stand out. All the power to you, girlie :o)

Author: Acneska

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189 thoughts on “21 Year Old Girl Loses Breast After Being Diagnosed with Rare Cancer”

  1. now I’m scared,I didn’t know this could happen at this age 🙁 can I use your story for awareness-building in my school? Also live your life to the fullest that’s the best medicine,best wishes @Devin :3

  2. Devon – thanks for sharing. My daughter had a lump on her breast at age 13. While one doctor blew us off, others were ready and willing to determine the cause. Turns out she has localized scleroderma (non malignant) but she has large “tumors” all over her breasts and abdomen. At this time as long as her “tumors” (actually lumps of collagen) stay localized and she doesn’t get them in her joints or organs, she’ll be fine. She was very self conscious about being different but luckily she found someone who overlooks her physical self, which has done miracles for her self esteem.
    I’m so glad you have this supportive BG community, warts and all, for you to turn to. They’ll make you laugh and hopefully help lift the depression that so many of us (here) also fight. We’re all different in some way so hang in there and live every day like there will be no tomorrow. Best wishes 😀

  3. Devin, you are the same age like my daughter and I just want to give you a motherly advise, try taking vitamin C everyday 1000 mg a day, I heard it works well for cancer patients. Stress accelerates the growth of cancer cells and I am glad that you are taking it as bravely as possible. You are young and still have a great and bright future ahead of you. Believe it! God Bless You!

  4. You’re beautiful @devindeborah… Both physically and personality wise…
    You WILL be OK sweetheart…
    Redheaded women can be some of the toughest bitches on the planet… I should know… My mother is a redhead… 😉
    Tragically my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago… But it’s still in the early to middle stage…
    I never heard of someone getting Alzheimer’s at such an advanced age… My mom will be 90 this October…
    I’m dreading the day when she doesn’t recognize her family anymore… But that’s reality…
    My mother stays in my guesthouse with a live-in nurse… If the nurse isn’t there than me or my wife is there taking care of her…

    Anyway… Enough about me…
    The reason why I shared that with you is… When my mother was first diagnosed… I had everybody coming out of the woodwork telling me how SORRY they felt for me and my family… I hated hearing that… One of the biggest insults that you can say to someone is to tell them that you feel sorry for them… In my honest opinion…

    So I’m going to tell you that I don?t feel sorry for you… Because I know you don’t feel sorry for yourself and like I said before… I would be insulting you…

    OK… Enough with my rambling comment…
    You WILL stay strong…
    You WILL stay happy…
    You WILL live a long and beautiful life…

    Why?… Because you’re one tough bitch!… That’s why…

    God bless you sweetheart…

  5. That was a very beautiful and inspiring message, Acneska. Truly admirable. As for Devin, I hope all the best for you, and that you’d pull through this. Big things can happen overnight, especially those who can create an impact on our lives so please do not lose hope. Stay strong and may the force be with you! 😀

  6. I have the feeling you’re gonna beat this cancer to a pulp girl. If anything else, you have youth on your side-i.e. a strong young body vs that of an 80 year old woman. I feel for you dude, and I know if it was me I’d fall apart because I don’t think I could be as brave as you are. Keep us posted on BG how things are going. BG seems to be a pretty tightnit community so just know we’re here and will offer whatever support we can! Take care and stay strong.

  7. I feel sad cause of it i suppose tht I know yer pain I’m living with kidney disease which can kill me any second and also closest in my life lost his life over lung cancer. Stay strong baby you are still beautiful no matter what

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