Name: Frank Dalton Jr.
Fundraising Goal: $1,000
My name is Frank Dalton, Jr., and I am a Breast Cancer survivor--Yes, men can get Breast Cancer also. In late September 2016, I was away on a 2-day fishing tournament and, while drying off after a shower, I found a lump under my right nipple. I did not think a whole lot about it at the time but I knew men could get Breast Cancer after watching a Dr Oz show. I made an appointment the following week and my doctor did not seem too worried about it. He told me to keep an eye on it and if I saw any changes to let him know. A few weeks later, I noticed my "Man Boob" had started to swell and thereafter my doctor scheduled a Mammogram at Virginia Baptist Hospital. The results did not come back until after Thanksgiving. After further tests, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer on December 7, 2016. After talking to my oncologist, I found out that Breast Cancer is the most aggressive cancer a man can get. My lump grew from the size of a dime to the size of a quarter in 7 days. The doctor also told my wife, Donna, and I that if I had waited 6 months to come see him there would be nothing he could do for me. That was scary ! A few days later I had a right chest mastectomy and had 11 lymph nodes removed from under my right arm.
After 6 aggressive chemotherapy treatments, 33 radiation treatments and a year of Herceptin, I was cancer free. I now have to take Letrozole 2.5 every day for 5 years in order to make it less likely that the cancer will return.
I never took pity on myself or asked "Why me?". I figured I had it for a reason. Maybe I was chosen to be an advocate for spreading the word on male breast cancer. I knew there were people worse off than me and I had to keep a positive attitude throughout my ordeal. Cancer not only affects you but it is hard on your loved ones and your caretaker. My wife stayed on me to make sure I was doing what the doctor told me to do and she even threatened me a few times, LOL. All the prayers and support from the community and friends helped a great deal. All is good so far and I go for my 2-year checkup in March. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will be a good report. Remember, Breast Cancer does not discriminate and it does not matter if you are a man or a woman. Always check yourself -- the life you save may be your own!