In October of 2013, I discovered a lump in my right breast. Realizing it was new, I made an appointment to see my GP. She sent me for a mammogram which then led to me getting an ultrasound that same day. After being assured it was “probably” a fibroadenoma, I was then sent to a breast surgeon for a needle biopsy two weeks later on Halloween.
I’m a 33 year old mother of two, I’m a professional athlete with the NGA, and I’m a spokes model/ambassador for fitness training and health which had been my life for years! What was happening? The day I got home from taking my polygraph test for my upcoming competition that was just two days away I got that dreaded call from my surgeon. “Joy, I’m so sorry to have to tell you this but you have Breast Cancer.”
I competed two days later and WON! Then it was game on; tests, doctors, days consumed with phone calls, and MRI’s. On December 20, 2013, I had a bilateral mastectomy with immediate nipple sparing reconstruction. My final diagnosis was invasive ductal carcinoma, Stage 1, Grade 2, BRCA 1/2 negative, negative lymph nodes!
I sit here today with 24 0cc’s in my expanders awaiting for final reconstruction at the end of March. I was blessed. I’ve never prayed so much in my life. I’ve found faith and I realize now I needed it so much. I’m thankful every day for waking up healthy, being present for my family, and having him show me just how strong I really am without weights in my hand :-).
Stay Strong Fighters!!! For this is an unspoken sisterhood I’m proud to be in. Survivors are Strong!
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.