The year was 2010, I just started a new career path, my son was graduating from UW LaCrosse and my daughter was finishing her first year at UW Stevens Point. My niece was engaged and set to get married in October. I can’t express how excited our family was. So many things to be thankful for.
Then, one morning while showering I find a lump on my left breast. One month before my son’s graduation I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I had a left mastectomy and had gone through 6 sessions of chemotherapy. I had all of the side effects of chemotherapy: hair loss, nausea, body aches and pains. Through it all I had my family, my friends and my faith. I kicked cancer in the A$$!!
Fast forward 12 years – April 2022, my family has grown. My son is married and I have a wonderful daughter-in-law and 2 beautiful grandchildren. My daughter had a beautiful wedding in February, and I now have a fantastic son-in-law. Unfortunately cancer strikes again; 2 weeks after my daughters wedding, I was diagnosed with stage 3 uterine cancer. After having a total hysterectomy, I am starting chemotherapy treatments today. It will be 6 sessions just like the last time. I will also be doing radiation after chemo treatments are complete. My family, friends and my faith will get me through everything once again.
I know I can beat cancer again! I ask for your thoughts prayers to guide me along this path that God has put before me. But most importantly, I ask that you be an advocate for your own health. I did my annual exams with mammograms and Pap tests, but these did not detect my cancer. Do self breast exams, talk openly with your doctors and ask questions. You know your body best, take the time to ask questions and then truly listen to the answers. Stay Positive, Stay Healthy and 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.