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Brandi’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Brandis Story Breast CancerMany of you have asked, “How did you find the lump?” So hold tight, and here we go…

I had my annual check-up in May. All was good. Nothing was said when they did my breast exam. But over the summer, I felt something that did not feel normal. I put it off in the back of my mind and went on enjoying the summer. Well, time after time, I kept feeling it, wondering, thinking, is this a lump? Surely not! I am so young. Stop worrying. So again, off to the back of my mind.

Again, I felt it, but really started to become scared. “What if it’s a lump?” I told myself. What if it’s cancer?” I had not done anything about it these past few months. So I prayed, “Lord, if it’s something, then please help me know what I should do.” Well, around the end of September, I woke up from my sleep, and the Lord came to me and said, “Brandi, you need to tell Spencer about the lump.” I was like, really? What if it’s for nothing? I fell back asleep. I was woken up again, still being warned I needed to tell Spencer. I was reminded what I had asked the Lord earlier. Well, I was scared, and the Lord reminded me of my favorite Bible lady, Esther! I was thinking, “Esther, really Lord?” He was like, you need to be brave like her. I was like, “She was super brave, and Lord, I am not.” He reminded me He was with me!

So as morning came, I was scared as can be and asked Spencer to feel the lump. He asked, “What is that?” So we decided that I needed to get it checked out. I got in to see my OBGYN on October 2nd, and she referred me for a mammogram and ultrasound for the following week. October 7th was that appointment. They knew I felt the lump and confirmed it was not a cyst and that I needed to get a biopsy. I got in to see the surgeon on October 16th. This appointment was just a new patient appointment to set up the biopsy (it even said so in the paperwork). Well, Spencer and I went into the room. They did another ultrasound and then an exam. The doctor came in and introduced himself and then said, “We are going to go ahead and do the biopsy today.” I was a little shocked. Today? The paperwork and sign at the front desk told new patients no biopsy would be done during this visit. Spencer was concerned and asked, “Why today?” They just said, since we we’re here, let’s do it. So I was put in the surgical room while Spencer went to get the Valium they prescribed to relax me for the procedure. After that, I was told we should have the results back on the 21st. Well, that was my birthday. Happy 36th Birthday! How crazy! So the waiting game started. Now ya’ll know the story!

I hope if nothing else comes from you reading this, YOU will do yourself a favor. Go and google how to do a self breast exam! It just might save your life.

I will end this post with this verse from John 16:33

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you WILL have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Submitted 11/15/2014

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.

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