An avid Relay for life participant for the last six years, cancer survivor Elizabeth Pardue of Jacksboro is now cancer free and living her life to the fullest.
Pardue was living a simple, normal life with her husband and two children who at the time were ages 2 and 6. One day life was perfect and the next, it changed forever.
Pardue was only 29 years old when she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
“When I was 27, I started having pain around my chest and arm area and I had felt a lump. I went to my regular doctor at the time and was told it's just a calcium deposit. I was treated for two weeks with steroids and then pills and told it will just go away. I never thought twice about it because this was a doctor,” Pardue said.
Two years later, Pardue got very sick with vomiting and a high fever. She went to the doctor and was told it was mastitis from breast feeding and couldn't be removed because of where it sat in her chest wall. The doctor assured her it was not cancer.
“I decided to go to my regular OB/GYN doctor in Fort Worth for a second opinion,” she said. “The moment my doctor looked at the lump he sent me immediately for ultrasound, mammogram and biopsies. There were multiple tumors but the largest tumor was only 12mm at the time. It was so small, they had to do three different biopsies to get enough of the tumor for testing.”
In June 2011, she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.
February 2012 Pardue was cancer free. She is monitored periodically just to be safe. Her tumor markers are checked every two months. She gets a CT scan from chest to hips to ensure no activity.
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