There’s no close history of breast cancer in my family. However, I regularly do monthly self-checks, get a yearly check-up with my OB/GYN and a mammogram. I believe this SAVED MY LIFE!
My mammogram in February 2015 was clear. In September, I noticed something different during my monthly self-exam and went to my OB/GYN as soon as I could get an appointment, September 28. She sent me immediately to the surgeon, who did an in-office biopsy. On October 7, I got the result: malignant neoplasm/Paget’s disease of the breast and went for an MRI that day. Surgery was scheduled for October 23, less than one month from my initial appointment. I had a right breast mastectomy with four lymph nodes removed. It had spread to only one. The final result was 2B + + -.
The treatment plan of eight rounds of chemo (four of Adriamycin & Cytoxan and four of Taxotere), then radiation and hormones, was explained to me like this: The surgery “got it all,” which was the broom; chemo, radiation and hormones are to mop it all away.
Support from prayer warriors, including family, friends and most amazingly, work, is making me feel literally lifted up and protected. “God’s Got This!” is my motto.
And now: I’M HALFWAY THROUGH MY CHEMO!
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.