In Their Life with Jeanne Polak, Breast Cancer Survivor
Jeanne Polak of Grayslake believes she's a better person for having walked the breast cancer journey. In 2005, Polak, 55, was diagnosed with Infiltrating Lobular Cancer and began her battle alongside her doctors and her family, a husband of 33 years, a daughter and a son. She's worked as a mammogrpaher for 29 years, currently at Advocate Condell, where they treated her breast cancer.
How did you find out you had breast cancer?
I had a yearly mammogram done in February of 2005. My coworker at Advocate did the imaging. It’s funny, we are embarrassed as every other woman to have someone see our breasts, so the imaging was done quickly and set aside. At the time, mammograms were still done with film/screen. The films were ready for the radiologist to read them the next day. The following day I was actually in the radiologist’s office when my films ran across the screen for her to read. It was Dr. Jasmine Oberhaus who was reading and when she saw them she told me she wanted me to have a biopsy done that day. When Dr. Oberhaus saw the new images, it was the area I was being called back for from the previous year (for a time films were released with the areas of concern circled). The area now looked more concerning.
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