I am 32 years old and was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in August 2011. I found my own cancer through a routine monthly self exam. At my age, no one expected it to be cancer. I do have some family history with emphasis being on my Aunt Lisa who died in 1999 at the age of 36 of breast cancer. She was 31 when she was diagnosed. My chemo doctor has ordered the genetic testing to see if the cancer gene is being passed down.
It was a devastating diagnosis as all I could think about was my 2 little boys and my husband and how this all would effect them. I was so angry that this was happening and thoughts of my boys having to grow up without their Mom were unbearable. Luckily, I found mine very early so it hadn’t had a chance to spread anywhere. My lymph nodes were clean and my P.E.T scan came back clear. After 3 surgeries, they were able to get my margins clear and still were able to save my breast.
I started chemo on Oct. 11th and I have 3 more to go with my next one being on Nov. 5th. Just a few days ago my hair fell out all at once. That was almost as devasting as the initial diagnosis. Showering and just watching the hair come out in massive clumps made me completely sad. I am still mourning my hair. I know it sounds so silly but it is so hard to let that go. I know it will come back and everyone is so supportive but it is still very difficult.
Through this whole thing, I have come to realize how wonderful my family and friends are. I have an incredible husband who supports me and tells me everyday how beautiful I am and how much he loves me. I have an amazing group of girl friends who are helping me Fight Like a Girl every single day. My Grandmother, who is a 17 year survivor, my Mother, and my wonderful sisters have helped me stay on my feet and find the strength. My 2 little boys are the whole reason for my being and I am determined to be here to see them graduate from high school and college, get married, have babies and all of the other wonderful things they will do.
Everyday is a challenge but with a positive attitude we can do anything. If we all ban together and Fight Like Girls together, there isn’t anything we can’t accomplish. I love all of my Pink Sisters out there!
Please remember that early detection is the key to survival!!
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.