Family recalls stress of wife's battle with breast cancer
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
Almost eight years ago, Anne Jacobson had an experience she'll never forget.
"Back on September 26—I remember that date—of 2004, I woke up with a very swollen breast, hot to the touch, very painful," said Anne.
She went to the doctor. But a few days later, she was no better.
"I went back and they said, well, we suspect that you have a very rare form of cancer," Anne said.
She did have cancer, a type called inflammatory breast cancer. Anne had to go through chemotherapy, drugs that made her sick, and surgeries. But in the end, she beat her cancer. It's a happy story of survival, and it was relieving to her family.
"I'm thankful every day that that was the outcome because it might not have been that," said Anne's husband, LaMont.
Her daughter, Catherine, added, "We knew that she was a fighter from the beginning. She'd always tease us and say, don't think you're going to get rid of me this easy. But yeah, it's definitely something that you're happy to hear."
Still, the entire experience was very difficult. Catherine was just a freshman in high school when her mother was diagnosed.
"It was difficult because, you know, all your friends have their parents, and you never want to think, well, I might lose a parent, especially that young," said Catherine.
LaMont remembers how he tried to deal with it.
"What my goal was to be optimistic about the outcome, but at the same time, be realistic about what those outcomes could be," he said.
This outcome was obviously good. But it doesn't fully take away the scare.
"Each time Anne's had a test or gone to the doctor for follow-ups, you kind of hold your breath waiting to hear that there is no sign that the cancer's returned," LaMont said.
But they stay optimistic.
Now, Anne and her family are proud to be involved with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They hope other women will stay on top of their health so there will be more stories of survival.
"Certainly the earlier you can get a diagnosis for any type of cancer, the better off the outcomes are," said LaMont.
And Anne says she's grateful to her family for helping her get through this.
"You have to have a lot of support from people, and I think you have to have a lot of faith," said Anne. "I think keeping your faith in God and knowing that you've left everything in his hands will take you through it, no matter what happens."