16 years ago, I was diagnosed with IDC (invasive ductal carcinoma) breast cancer. I had a bilateral mastectomy and did chemo. I had a 0.03% chance of any cancer. 6 years ago, I was diagnosed with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer. I followed up with more chemo and genetic testing, which showed no genes for any form of cancer.
2 years ago, brain bleeds/stroke, led me to spend 6.5 months in the hospital and rehab. Now I am undergoing testing for possible side effects of chemotherapy. We already know I’m allergic to Vinca based chemo and have dental issues.
I refuse to let this disease define me and try to be positive, not just for me but others who are dealing with traumatic health issues.
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.