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A special Good Bye to a close friend, a warrior and an advocate.
Below you will find a letter written with her words. Please take a minute and read it.

My name is Adrian McClenney, I am 41 years old a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and fighting breast cancer. Before being diagnosed I sometimes spent 10 - 12 hours at the hospital, having all kinds of test to figure out what was going on with my body ( I am a Black woman, and I did go to the doctor early).
... I was misdiagnosed for five months before being properly diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. I was diagnosed on May 19, 2011 with stage 3b inflammatory breast cancer.

Since my diagnosis, I have undergone 16 cycles of chemotherapy treatments, a double mastectomy and the removal of 17 of my lymph nodes. I have had 37 cycles of radiation treatments, a full hysterectomy and I have also had two breast reconstruction surgeries.
In August of 2014, I was Re-diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer that has metastasized to my neck, chest wall and pelvic area. I am now a stage 4 breast cancer lifer and will be having chemotherapy treatments for the rest of my life.

I suffer from lymphedema from the chemo treatments, a painful condition that causes my arm to swell.

I am so glad that I was persistent with the doctors about something being wrong with my body, because Inflammatory breast cancer can be difficult to diagnose. I went from having a little red itchy spot on my breast to having my entire breast very painful, itchy, swollen and hot. I had a large knot underneath my arm because the breast cancer had spread to my lymph nodes.

The one thing that I have learned through my battle with breast cancer is that we have to love each other while we can; life is really short. Every morning that we open our eyes, we have to focus on helping someone or doing something that will help. My experience has also taught me patience. I find myself doing things like allowing individuals to skip me in grocery stores or even traffic. These simple things makes me feel good. red items to wear of the cocktail

To all women out there who may be facing or are worried about getting breast cancer, please know that we are unique and our treatment and risk factors may be different. Education is the key!

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