Survivor: Elaine H.

By: Amy Shapiro
Posted on October 7, 2015

After being told for two years that a lump in my right breast was a calcium deposit, I began noticing changes in my left breast, not lumps, just a firmness that didn't seem right. I went to my doctor who sent me to a surgeon to have further testing. Ultrasounds came back as "suspicious", so a biopsy was done which showed Cancer. That was April 1, 2014. My double mastectomy was performed on May 16 and I began Chemo 5 weeks later. I'll be receiving chemo and herceptin every three weeks for 6 cycles with the herceptin to continue for one year. After chemo is complete I'll be doing 6 weeks of radiation. I should be finished with the herceptin around the end of June 2014. This is an immense struggle to adjust to the surgery, the side effects of chemo, with hairloss being the most traumatic, and my life not being my own. This was the year I was retiring from many years as a Special Education Teacher. This is most certainly not how I planned on starting my retirement, but we're trying to make the most of this situation and continue the fight, no matter how hard it is.

How are you involved in the fight throughout the year?

I'm a professional wildlife photographer who is donating 10% of the profits of my photography sales to breast cancer research and awareness. My work can be found online at and Not only do I have prints for sale, but also a variety of products including iPhone cases, mugs, mouse pads, canvas totes, t-shirts and sweatshirts, metal and wood prints as well as canvas prints and lots more.