I found a lump on my right breast on July 5, 2011, had a mammogram on July 11, 2011, a core biopsy on July 13, 2011, and on July 15, 2011 I got the call you never want to get. With my husband by my side, the doctor told us that I had Breast Cancer stage 1A hormone-fed and that we had caught it early. That will be a day I will never forget. It felt like time stopped right before our very eyes. On July 19, 2011 we met with the oncologist. He suggested we do genetic testing with a family history so we did the BRCA1/BRCA2 test. Two weeks later we found out that I tested positive for BRCA2. For me this meant a higher risk of ovarian cancer and a 60% chance of the right breast having cancer. It was suggested that I have a double mastectomy and that I have my ovaries removed. On August 18th, my life will change forever. I met with the obgyn on Aug 9th – awesome doctor who prayed with us. I have such a peace about this surgery. I am ready to fight this cancer (I will fight like a girl) and I will win. They will also put a port in and 4 weeks after surgery we will have the results back from the breast tissue biopsy and will see what course of chemo will be needed. I will proceed to win this journey and fight like a girl with my head high with my husband, family, and friends by my side.
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.