I hope to be an encouragement to other women fighting this fight with me. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2020. The exact same time the COVID-19 pandemic started. I had my first mammogram at 40, which was normal. I am 41 and went in for my routine mammogram. It came back abnormal and requested I come in for additional scans. From there, I went in for another mammogram and ultrasound. The doctor asked me to come back the next day for a biopsy.
I was at work when I got the call and all I heard was “cancer”. I crumbled to my knees in tears and all I could think about was my 6-year-old daughter (5 at the time), my 21-year-old son (20 at the time), and my husband. I was given the option of lumpectomy or mastectomy. Genetic testing was next due to my age. My genetic testing came back with a Chek2 gene mutation. My BRCA was negative. There isn’t much research on the Chek2 gene at this point, except knowing the increased chance of recurrence. I am also at an increased risk for colorectal, ovarian and kidney cancer.
With that information provided to me, I opted for a bilateral mastectomy. As I sit here and share my story my surgery is coming up on July 16th. I will not know whether or not I need chemotherapy or radiation until after the surgery. I am anxious, nervous, and scared, but giving up isn’t an option for me. I want to live for my little girl and my adult son.
My faith in God is helping me through and I am a firm believer in the power of prayer. My hope is that I may be a comfort to other women fighting this fight as we are all in this together. There is nothing more beautiful than women supporting women! For any women that will read this story; I am in this fight with you and I will fight alongside you!
You are STRONG, SMART, BRAVE and remember you GOT this.
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.