I am 37 years old and have recently been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
The past 3 months have been a whirlwind! One of the most important people in my life was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April and earned her wings in June. My grandmother was such an amazing woman and I am truly blessed to have had her in my life.
While dealing with her illness and helping as much as I could, I noticed discharge from my breast. I knew that something was wrong. It’s a feeling that you can’t explain, but I knew I needed to act quickly.
It started as some discharge . Then with some testing and negative results they found a lump (aka – golf ball). With a new doctor and more test came the news, I had Stage 2 breast cancer. My mind went into a thousand directions. I made the decision at that moment that I am going to be OK.
With a positive outlook and a smile, I share the news with my fiancee, my parents and siblings, and finally my 9 year old son. I am going to be fine is what I told them all.
Then I received more bad news – it is stage 3a, because my tumor is over 6 cm. So began the next round of testing and talk of treatment. My PET/CT and Bone Scan show additional tumors on my spine in 3 areas and on my pelvis …Welcome to Stage 4.
New course of action – we now focus on quality of life – not a cure. I’m still going to be fine!
Today – I will learn the results of the biopsy on my spine and will hopefully begin hormone therapy.
I’m still smiling and still focusing on the positive side of this mess. CANCER WILL NOT BEAT ME! I will always FIGHT LIKE GIRL!!!
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.