I am 48 years old, and I was diagnosed on January 5th, 2016. An annual mammogram found the cancer in my left breast. I was sent to a surgeon, and she had me do a genetic test. I had already elected to do a double mastectomy. The test came back positive for BRCA2. I had my double mastectomy on February 9th, 2016.
Three days after my surgery, my doctor called me and said, “I am so glad you decided to do both,” as they found cancer in my right breast as well. The left side was TNNC8, and they found another lump that was pre-cancerous. The right was much larger and not found until surgery. That one was estrogen receptive.
I went through 4 aggressive chemos. The first was done through a vein, and it screwed up that vein. So we elected to put in a port. Second chemo, I almost passed out when they hooked up my port. The third chemo, I had a TIA stroke, due to my port being put in incorrectly. So the last 2 chemos were done in my veins, and everything went well.
After 3 surgeries and 4 chemos, I have one surgery left. It’s been a tough road, but so many women have gone through even more than this. In a few more weeks, I have my surgery, and then I go back to my oncologist to go on a pill for five years. Not sure yet which one.
I pray for every person affected by this awful disease, as well as the people who have lost the fight.
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.