I was 39 when my husband noticed a difference in the size of one breast (right). Our family has a very large amount of cancer on my paternal side, and to add to it I had just lost an Aunt to reoccurring breast cancer at the age of 56. I went to my doctors’ office and was seen. They scheduled an emergency mammogram. After the mammogram I was rushed to ultrasound and then I ended up in the general surgery department. I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer, a stage III cancer. IBC is the most aggressive and most rare type of breast cancers. The doctors stated I probably only had it for 6 to 8 weeks and had I not went when I did, I probably would not be here today. I had no pain and I felt great.
Within a weeks time I had an MRI, PET scan, CT scan and a Lumpectomy (removed a grape fruit size tumor with lymph nodes involved and a smaller one removed from the rt. breast). After all that it was on to 16 rounds of chemo, a double mastectomy, 33 radiation treatments and another 5 rounds of chemo. It was the longest and toughest journey in a short amount of time. Oct. of 2011 I was diagnosed, last round of chemo was November of 2012….Dec. 24 2012 I was considered in remission.
I have since seen my first grandchild come into this world and I know she is the reason I am suppose to be here, she is what I will continue to fight for. I had many family members and friends who helped me through this whole journey and I love each and everyone of them even more now. I think in my opinion it was harder on my family to see me go through this. So for anyone reading this that may be going through any kind of sickness, stay strong and fight, I did and you can too.
Christel, a survivor
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.