I am 30 years old. I am a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and much more. When I was 27, I felt a large lump in my right breast and a smaller lump in my left breast. I was concerned and limited with the insurance I had at the time, but I did see a doctor who sent me for an ultrasound. The radiologist said it was dense tissue and I didn’t need to come back. Three years later the lumps are still there and the one in the right breast has gotten much larger.
My husband got insurance through his job and I decided to be safe and get it checked again. This is when our lives forever changed. I saw my primary care physician, who immediately sent me for an ultrasound and got me a next day appointment with a surgeon that was booked out for a month. The next day at the surgeon’s office, she right away felt this was cancer and performed a biopsy and mammogram. After a very long weekend, we got the news that it was indeed cancer. I was then sent for a bone scan, MRI, CT scan, genetic testing (which was negative), blood work, and more.
They found a few spots on my lungs and insisted on doing a lung biopsy which was very, very painful and revealed that the cancer has spread to my lungs. This has been very hard for myself, my family, and friends to swallow; but I am tough and I fight like a girl! I have had surgery for my chemo port and have started chemotherapy. I am very fortunate to have qualified for a study with a newer promising drug pertazumub and herceptin.
I am fighting and will fight for the rest of my life to continue being a mom, wife, daughter, friend and much more! I am sharing my story with hopes that other women, especially younger women, will seek a prompt and proper diagnosis of any suspicious lumps.
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.