It seems like my entire adult life I have dealt with breast issues – lumps,bumps, cysts, calcification’s, and very dense breast tissue. I have always been very familiar with what was “normal” for me. I have had countless mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies. I have always been very lucky.
Then in the autumn of 2012 at the age of 47 I knew something was not right. I felt a hard lump under my armpit and I noticed a sort of dimpling in my left breast. After once again having all the usual tests, I got the call – they found cancer. I have stage 3 breast cancer. I completed four months of chemotherapy. I then had a modified radical mastectomy of the left breast and had six lymph nodes removed – all cancerous.
I am currently undergoing six and a half weeks of radiation. Next year after I have completely healed from radiation, I will have my right breast removed and will undergo three reconstructive surgeries.
With the love and support of my boyfriend, family, friends and co-workers, an amazing medical team, faith in the Lord, and my sense of humor, I am able to fight like a girl every day!
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.