I found a small lump, the size of a pencil eraser, on my left breast. I took my time getting to the doctor because I’m only 27. I pointed it out to my OB/GYN during my annual exam. She pointed out a much larger, deeper lump. The next day I was in a sonogram, and the following day, I had a biopsy for a total of 4 spots including my lymph nodes. Turns out the lump that I had found was just the tip of the iceberg.
The day before Thanksgiving I got the call that it was indeed cancer. Two weeks later I underwent a radical bilateral mastectomy with expanders. The cancer was stage 3. I celebrated New Year’s 2012 in the ER with dehydration from my first round of chemo. I had 4 AC and 4 Taxol treatments, one every other week. I also had 28 treatments of radiation. I am anxiously awaiting my final reconstruction surgery to be scheduled for later this year.
I have a little girl who is 4 and she keeps me going. I had to miss her last birthday because it was when I was having my surgery. But you better believe I am going to make it to all the rest. It has been a tough year but I am stronger because of it, and this experience has given me a purpose in my life that I have been searching for for a long time. To encourage, and love onto others, to help them get through the same experience I went though.
My fight is not over though. I go in to the doctor again in two weeks to check on some ovarian cysts that have developed. Depending on how that appointment goes I may be battling a whole new fight. We are a sisterhood and even though the immediate battle is won, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be additional battles in the future – like recurrence, fertility issues, family genes, etc. But we are all in it together. I love my survivor sisters and would never have known them if I didn’t go through this. I am in the less than 1% that gets breast cancer before the age of 30. I hardly have any family history with it, and the fact that I am a non-smoker, runner, and generally healthy person, is proof that it can happen to anyone at any age.
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.