I was 16 yrs old when I found my first lump. It took a total of a year for any doctor to make a ‘move’ to find out what it was. My first biopsy was in November of my senior year of high school. The findings were Phyllodes tumors. Which is rare in itself, but even more so for a 17 year old girl who should be worried about what she was going to do for the weekend or what she was going to do for prom.
I immediately had another surgery to have the rest of the tumor removed. I was unable to play softball or any sport at that; which makes a young woman’s mind race. After the second surgery my mother was told ‘Do not worry, we got it all and she is fine. We will just have to do tests regularly’. That was at the end of November.
2 weeks before Christmas, I find another lump. This time it’s small; like peanut size. By beginning of January, it’s a golf ball size and painful. That’s when my mom was told to enjoy the time she had with me because chemo wouldn’t help this type of cancer and radiation would spread it. They obviously didn’t know me too well! I took that as a challenge and got a second opinion they told me to have it removed and go from there.
Fast forward a couple years to age 19. I have had 6 tumors removed; 4 from my left side and 2 from my right side. I had been in the clear for 6 months. Well, my now husband and I were pregnant everything went okay during pregnancy. I tried breast feeding but nothing was coming out, and I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t do this natural thing.I had an ultrasound and found out that both breasts where full of tumors, and on my left side, the tumor had attached itself to my nipple.
So march 2008, I had a full mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. My baby was only months old. I have been tumor free since then, with no traces of cancer in my body. We now have 3 beautiful daughters who are my driving force to keep up with my health.
I wanted to tell my story because people are under the impression that young women can’t get breast cancer, which is not true. I believe women should get to know their bodies and when u feel something that isn’t right, go get checked. It’s better to be safe than sorry!! To all thought who are fighting; keep fighting, you have a world of support!!!!!
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.
This story 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.