I come from a family with a history of benign and malignant tumors. Both my aunt and grandmother had it twice, but it skipped my mother and older sister. Four years ago, in 2007, when I was 12-years-old, I discovered a lump in my left breast. I kept quiet about it for 9 months because I just thought it was a part of puberty. But then, sometime in August of 2008, reddish liquid began leaking from my nipple on my left breast. I got very scared and told my mother. She took me to the hospital and, finally, after about a month of analysis and tests, they told me, on September 11th (and with my luck, that day was the day of my 13th birthday), that I had benign tumor.
The reddish liquid that I noticed was just a substance that was leaking because I had an infection (can’t quite remember the name of it). I was on all kinds of medications for about 3 months and they finally scheduled my surgery for November 19th, 2008. I was released the next day because I just wanted to go home, and the doctors were nice enough to trust me that everything will be alright if I go home just a day after my surgery.
In the autopsy of the benign tumor that was removed from my breast, they found cancerous cells. They told me that if I had kept quiet a bit longer, it would have turned into a malignant tumor a.k.a. cancer. This raises the chances of me getting a benign or malignant tumor again in my life.
About three years later, now, I have check-ups with my doctor every 6 months. 🙂 I’m healthy and living life as every normal 15-year-old girl lives it. I know my tumor was benign and it definitely isn’t as dangerous as cancer, but I truly do believe that if you get the information of having any kind of tumor at age of 12, that’s a big challenge and it completely changes your life. But I know I’m strong and I will always have hope. Because, hey, if I can defeat it when I’m 12 years old, I can do it at any age!
For all of those with cancer out there, remember, you are not alone! We support you through your fight and if you believe you can win, you will for sure!
Much love and support,
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.