I was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal breast cancer at 32 years old on January 25, 2013, after my first mammogram 2 weeks earlier (my first chance since I quit nursing 3 months prior!). My mom was diagnosed at 32 in the ’90s, and she died at 45 from a recurrence. I never felt a lump. I just wanted to start watching because of my mom’s history. I would have gotten my mammogram at 30, but I had 2 kids and was nursing.
I remember my doctor calling me to tell me it was early stage cancer, and I shocked her because I said, “Okay, I know what do I do!” Luckily, I live 45 minutes from some of the best doctors, and she sent me to one. I loved the team I had! I did 8 rounds of chemo, a bilateral mastectomy, and 25 radiations. All done by Christmas 2013! I functioned fine during all treatments!
The only thing I can say is “stay positive”! It sounds cliche, but it’s true! I still had to care for my kids, who were 1 and 2 years old at the time, and I still worked. Thank god for my husband, my sister-in-law, and my mother-in-law! They cared for me or my kids when I couldn’t. I plan on NOT following in my mom’s footsteps, although she was a bad ass when she was fighting!
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.