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‘The bullying from doctors was scarring. I felt a lump and started to shake. My self-esteem was rocked.’: Woman battles aggressive breast cancer after serious arm injury, ‘The harder it got, the more people showed up’

“The nurse I was assigned to made fun of my face painting and I got incredibly sick. I stood next to our car, afraid I would fall over while I screamed, ‘NOT ME!’ over and over again in broad daylight. I asked him one question, ‘Am I going to die?’ He didn’t answer.”

‘You’re fine. You’re just a hysterical housewife.’ A piece of metal oozed out of my wrist. I questioned myself.’: Woman misdiagnosed and bullied by doctor, ‘When you are bullied, it makes you question your own voice’

“My right arm had ballooned so much, it looked like my thigh. My doctor told me I had over-iced it. A small piece of metal oozed from the surgical opening. ‘How do I know you didn’t make it up?’ I was ashamed to say my doctor was bullying me.”

‘He had the Stanford medical degree, not me. I trusted him. Aren’t we supposed to believe the doctor? I was home alone when I got the call.’: Woman receives unexpected cancer diagnosis after colon surgery fallout

“I decided that day I was going to take my life. I knew I couldn’t survive chemotherapy and breast cancer alone, and I was too prideful to really ask for help. I decided killing myself would do my family and friends a favor. I was a liability, not an asset. I had gone from being a thriving mother, model and athlete to a sickly woman needing constant care. My life had crumbled.”

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