In July of 2014, I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me. After going in for a routine mammogram, I was sent in for another and then to see the ultrasound technician. After a needle biopsy, which took two agonizing weeks, it was confirmed. I had Stage 1 breast cancer. My world started to spin. All of a sudden, my hands started to shake. Holding back tears, I was being shown graphic pictures of women with lumpectomies, mastectomies and double mastectomies. Later, I would find out that I had tested BRCA 2+. Within 5 weeks and after many appointments with surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, plastic surgeons, nurses and technicians, I would be prepped and laying on a hospital operating table, awaiting my double mastectomy.
It’s been 9 months since then. I’ve had reconstruction as well and still need a couple minor outpatient procedures to further aid in the reconstructive process. Next year, I will have a prophylactic partial hysterectomy as well, due to testing BRCA 2+.
My body does not look the same. It does not feel the same. I have 5 inch scars across each breast, constant reminders of the battle I’ve been through.
I’m a mother of 2 beautiful girls. I try to be strong for them. Some days are harder than others. I want to feel normal again. I go to each recheck appointment. I continue to go to the gym. I surround myself with supportive family and friends. I want to be around to see graduations, weddings, and grandchildren.
I also have been prescribed Tamoxifen to help further prevent a recurrence, which I will be taking for the next 5 years. While this has been a very emotional journey, I’ve been blessed to have a wonderful team of doctors.
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.