Teddy Camp LeJeune NC male breast cancer survivor
I’m Teddy. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and was diagnosed at 56 with breast cancer. I had no family history. Being diagnosed with breast cancer was very dramatic and scary. Not knowing of what is going to happen while going through five years of treatment isn’t easy. The medication has caused me to have mood swings, hot flashes, and have trouble with intimacy. I returned from Vietnam in January 1971 and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. I was medically discharged from the Marine Corps in April 1972, at which time I started dealing with Agent Orange which the government denied. 34 years later I was diagnosed with breast cancer from exposed to chemicals in the drinking water at the base. The government is denying this too. I hope that I don’t have to wait another 30 years for the government to face responsibility like they did with Agent Orange. They have to be held responsible for the neglect of human life. Some people have to be held responsible for the neglect of human life. Some people have died from the effects of this exposure I’m blessed to be alive. Thanks to God. I’ve learned to understand what women mean about hot flashes and mood swings. I have learned to try and help other men to be aware of male breast cancer and not to think of it as only a female disease. I have learned that men and women have the same tissues in the breast are and that both produce estrogen but females produce it on a larger scale. I have learned to enjoy life every day. I would like to thank Art because Breast Cancer Foundation for allowing me to tell my story.
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