Back in December 2011, I lost my cousin from breast cancer. After her life celebration, I rolled over and felt a painful stab and a knot. I went to many places to try to get a mammogram with no luck until I found the Moncreif Cancer Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. I had a mammogram, then a biopsy and a stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis.
After rounds of chemo, a dual bilateral mastectomy and radiation, I am happy to say I’ve been cancer free for almost 8 years. My team of doctors at The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders were amazing; my surgeon was great. With the support of Moncreif and Cancer Care Services as well as family and friends, I was able to get through all of my treatment fairly easily. I saw many people going through treatment that had a really hard time, so I know I was lucky.
Then in 2015/2016, I was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma on my back, and then a basal cell carcinoma up near my left eye. Both were removed and again I’m cancer free. My advise is to keep the faith, pray and have a good support system and whip cancer’s rear end.
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.