July 31,2021 is a day I will never forget. I was going in to the breast center for a follow up to my routine mammogram. I had many other summer plans that afternoon. Within 30 minutes, my whole world changed. I had 3 biopsies that same morning.
Within a week, I had appointments with a surgeon and an oncologist. I was now a person who had an oncologist. I had 20 weeks of chemotherapy. The toughest part of chemotherapy for me was losing my signature messy bun!
Then, I had a double mastectomy with reconstruction. The most difficult part of the double mastectomy for me was reestablishing a connection with my body which had betrayed me so badly.
After healing from surgery I started 25 radiation treatments. The most difficult part of radiation was the skin irritation. I am now finished with treatments and waiting for the next steps. I have started the mental battle of living as a cancer patient and putting the pieces of my life back together. I have hope and an incredible support system.
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.