Hope all is well! My name is Darinda, and I would love to share my breast cancer journey. I am a blessed victor of stage 3c triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma. My world was forever changed on January 15, 2021.
The cancer initially formed in my left breast and spread to my lymph nodes. It all began when I recognized that my breast had become increasingly sensitive as I showered. Then, my husband noticed the change in my breast from being firm to hard in touch. I realized that action needed to be taken.
The next step was expeditiously seeking medical attention. I was off to have mammograms and ultrasounds done. I met with a radiologist for review. Then a biopsy was taken and I saw an oncologist. Throughout it all, I frequently performed self breast examinations, giving close attention to any abnormalities in my breast.
Oh my, it was all going so fast that I didn’t have time to process or feel or embody the discovery of cancer.
I recently completed 16 rounds of chemotherapy, had 14 Neupogen injections, and had weekly labs for 7 months. I endured a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. On October 21, 2022, I had a breast revision. I am currently undergoing oral chemotherapy, taking 14 pills a day.
Throughout all of my trials, I hold steadfast to my faith and rely on all of my support systems. The goal of course, is to survive and share my journey with anyone who is also receiving this diagnosis. I want to carry on my knowledge and provide insurmountable support to other survivors. I pray that my story will inspire women to advocate for early detection, and provide knowledge in seeking a healthy outcome in mind, body, and spirit. May God Bless You All.
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.