Karolína Poláčková, 27 years - Frýdek Místek (breast cancer)
When you are 24, newly married and planning a family, the last thing you expect is writing a last will. When I found out I had an aggressive form of breast cancer, there was no other option.
Self-examination and diagnosis
My mum was diagnosed breast cancer when I was 9. Hence I have tried to get to mammography screenings every year since I was 18. No preventative screening had found anything, but just to be sure I self-checked. One day I found a lump in my right breast in a size of a walnut. I knew it was cancer. I called my mum straight away. It was night and nothing could be done. I could not sleep, I only cried the whole night. On the next day I visited an oncology department in Prague where they performed a complete assessment. I was diagnosed breast cancer with other findings.
I found the lump in my right breast, and in the hospital they found another one in my armpit.
Chemotherapy, breast removal, nausea, weakness
A week later my doctor confirmed an aggressive type of cancer with a high risk of tumours spreading further in my body. Up to 40%! I was started on combined chemotherapy. The treatment was aggressive and the side effects began to manifest intensely. The beginnings were frustrating, I was weak, tired, sick, dehydrated and I lost appetite. I received no answers to my questions about what is to come next when the tumours are removed, after chemo. I tried to search the internet and gained information from some friends. I underwent ablation and a removal of the entire right breast including the lymph nodes. I felt awful, incomplete, and unattractive, not like a woman at all. It is the breasts that make a woman complete! So my husband and I started looking for a plastic surgeon who would be able to help.
Return of appetite, immunity boost
Several weeks later, while surviving the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, I was recommended to use a supplement to improve my condition and my immunity. My friends got me a product (Biocol, 100 mg) currently known as Penoxal, which according to the manufacturer helps during cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. I complemented its use with high amounts of vitamin C. In 14 days my nausea disappeared and the appetite returned. Even doctors had no problems with Biocol, it did not interfere with other drugs.
Overcoming the disease and a happy family life
I am healthy now, after several plastic operations and the disease recovery my husband and I have a one-year-old daughter. I attend health checks at the hospital every 6 months and results are good.
Unfortunately, cancer may return so I take all possible vitamins and supplements that reduce the risk of cancer. I wish to be healthy, for myself and my family.