One week after my 40th birthday I went for my very first mammogram. About a week went by and I hadn’t heard anything so naturally I assumed all must be well, but called the doctor to confirm my thoughts. They said someone would call me back. Not long after that the hospital called and said they saw something suspicious and I needed to retake some images. Okay I thought, no biggie. I asked when. “How about 8 am tomorrow,” the girl says.
I freaked, it must be something if they aren’t waiting. So the next day I went. All night I convinced myself its nothing. I have zero family history and I’m only newly 40. I go and get my images. Then get whisked off to talk to the doctor. She informs me that I need a biopsy. I froze. I heard not much else of what she said, all I heard was biopsy. Then I got pulled off to see the biopsy room and get it all scheduled.
On my way home I cried. I have an adoring husband and two young kids at home. I can’t have cancer…I need to be here for a long time!! On January 27, 2014, I had my biopsy (by no means a fun thing to go through). On January 28, 2014, I got the call everyone fears. The doc called and said, “You’ve got cancer.” My world stopped spinning. How do I tell my family? How do I cope? But mostly, how can I beat this?!
Right then and there I decided I will fight any mean’s possible and I will turn my negative into a positive!!! I started a blog, a Facebook page, and started a team for a local breast cancer walk, (all named Lori’s Crazy Coconuts).
On April 8, 2014, I underwent a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. All the cancer is gone and thankfully it was not in my lymph nodes!!! Unfortunately, I did have some skin the died and had a skin revision yesterday (4/24/14) and fingers crossed we can get the rest of the reconstruction completed without further complications! I was also contacted by the local minor league baseball team here and the American Cancer society’s local chapter to throw out the first pitch at their pink out night to honor those who are fighting, have fought, and those who unfortunately lost their battle. I was so honored to be asked!! I truly feel I was blessed with this horrible disease so I can be a voice to help raise awareness and stress the importance of early detection!!! I’m definitely taking lemons and making lemonade!! What a great thing to teach my kids!!!
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.