Ochsner Patient Story: Sue Cloninger – Breast Cancer Story

Ochsner Patient Story: Sue Cloninger – Breast Cancer Story


It’s official, my friends think I’m crazy
because I keep telling you I’m gonna do goat yoga, which actually is a thing. My mom passed away from breast cancer, which was terrifying to me that I would potentially get and so I worried about
that for a lot of my years and then I was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2009 and so then I thought “oh well, I’ll never get breast cancer because I got kidney
cancer that’s gonna be my thing.” It was time for me to have an annual physical and so I went and started to see Dr. Rooney at Ochsner and they called me
back three days later, after the weekend and told me that there was some areas
that they wanted to re-examine. I was trying really hard to kind of manage my schedule. My husband and I were working, you know, very much to make sure that
everything we needed to do beforehand we could do. We provide art consulting and
picture framing services to corporations and institutions. Most of my clients
didn’t even know what I was going through at the time. I just kind of said
I was going to take a medical leave for a short amount of time. (Sue’s Husband) She’s a trooper, she’s…a really tough girl. At the Tansey Breast
Center I was introduced to a nurse practitioner who was at the center who
was running a study at the time about the value of an MRI in early diagnosis
of breast cancer. And having the MRI showed that I had more DCIS in my
breasts than had been anticipated From the mammogram. So by
doing that, I was able to gather all that information and know then that having
the double mastectomy made more sense for me. I would highly recommend the
Tansey Breast Center. Truthfully, I could not have been happier with my care.
Sometimes cancers are very sneaky, They don’t give you any symptoms until it’s too late and if there’s a test that you’re supposed to have, don’t postpone
having it, have the test. A friend of mine, before we moved here, had been telling me about stand-up paddleboarding and that she thought it would be a great sport
for me. Literally right after I had been diagnosed, I paddleboarded for the first
time on my lake and I was like “I’m gonna do this again” and that was my goal, to do it again. There’s gonna be parts of our lives that are gonna be hard and struggles and having things not go the way you want them to go at work or
having something not go well with something in your family. Where you’re going against the current or the wind is stronger and you have to work really
hard as compared to the wonderful times in life when, you know, everything is
going the way you’d like it to go you’re just gliding along and it’s going along
so smoothly and you can be grateful and hopefully appreciate everything that your
have in your life. Try to live as positively as you can because, you know, we all don’t really know what the future holds for us.

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