On Mothers Day 2010, my life was forever changed. It was the day I discovered a lump in my breast while taking a shower. I panicked and immediately fell to the floor of the shower in tears. I went to my family doctor the following morning. He ordered a mammogram and then I was called back for a diagnostic mammogram and referred to a cancer specialist. I was horrified to find out that I had breast cancer.
I then met with a surgeon who went over my options with me. Knowing my family history of my grandmother (fathers side) and my aunt (mothers side) neither past away from breast cancer, and my aunt is still fighting this disease. And with my healthcare experience I felt like I should take an aggressive approach! I decided to have a full mastectomy.
The following Monday I was in surgery and had a full mastectomy. I also had lymph nodes removed and a port put in. Upon awakening I was not the same to say the least! I wasn’t sure of anything anymore. And to think this would only be the beginning of my journey.
I was told 1 out of 11 lymph nodes where cancer positive. I then went through four months of chemo and 10 weeks of radiation every day. As I thought at the time that all of this treatment and the aggressive decision to have the full mastectomy I would be fine. How wrong I was! March of this year I was told my tumor markers had gone up to 145. I then went for a pet scan and sure enough it had metastasized to six other places all over my chest wall and on my spine.
I have just finished my last chemo. I am now waiting for my next pet scan. I just would like to tell young women how important mammograms are! I was 40 years of age at the first diagnosis and had I went for a mammogram I would not be in this fight for my life! My family and friends have been my strength! And I love all of them!
PLEASE GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS!!!! God Bless! Keep fighting like a girl!
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.