My story is nothing special. I was diagnosed with stage 3 HER2+ breast cancer 1 day before my 34th birthday.
I spent my birthday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo NY. I was scared as hell. I had a feeling it was cancer. I first found a lump 1 year before being diagnosed. The mammogram doctor told me it was just a bruise. If it went away within 1 month I didn’t have to go back for a follow up. It went away, so I didn’t go back.
About 3 months later, I felt it again. This time it was bigger. I called my doctor. She sent me back for another mammogram. This time a biopsy was done. It was cancer. I went to Roswell for some tests, and they found more. I went through chemo first because, where it was located (near my nipple), my doctor was afraid I would lose my nipple. He wanted to try and shrink it before surgery – which he was able to do, from 3.5 cm to 1.5 cm. I had to have 2 lumpectomies and radiation done, along with 1 year of herceptin treatments.
I am now a 1 year survivor. And I thank god everyday for my life.
I fought hard because ‘I fight like a girl’!!!!
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