On 4/26/2016, I went in for my first ever mammogram. No family history and no reason other than my doctor said it was time to start getting them. On 5/2, they called me back for a second image. On 5/3, I had the second image and was immediately pulled into a room with the doctor and radiologist, who proceeded to tell me they had found suspicious microcalcifications and I needed to have a biopsy.
On 5/9, they biopsied the area in my left breast, and on 5/11, two days before my 41st birthday, the doctor called to tell me I had ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). On 6/10, I underwent a lumpectomy to remove the cancer.
A week later, I am healing up from the surgery and am scheduled for my post-op and radiation planning session at the end of the month. This has been a hard year. The first day of spring break, while playing volleyball with my 13-year-old daughter, I sustained a grade 2 sprain of the LCL and MCL in my left knee. I lost my dad the night before Easter Sunday, and two days before my birthday, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Sometimes, I wonder why I am going through all of this. It hurts, and it’s painful on so many levels. But I believe that there is purpose in all things. I have an amazingly supportive husband, who has fought for my best interests every step of the way. I have family members and friends who have held me up in prayer, brought meals, watched my kids and listened to me. Above all, I know that I am blessed to live this life. My prognosis is very good, and I have an amazing medical team. I want to do the best with my time, to tell those I love how I feel, to show them and not wait. My hope is that I will be better and help others become better. Cancer is scary, but we can empower ourselves by taking control of our health. Get your mammos, ladies, and fight like a girl!
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.