My name is Mary Zoshak, 42 years old. Just like the doctor ordered, I did my yearly mammograms, self exams, etc. Mammogram already scheduled. Here’s my story.
How I found my lump:
February 2014, I started getting very sharp pains in my right breast. I did a self exam, and there it was: the lump. Yes, this scared me. I did think, cancer, but I quickly thought, nah, a cyst is just a cyst. I have NO family history, there’s no way. The pains continued to come and go. Icing my breast helped. Mammogram showed no lump. I had an ultrasound and ultrasound biopsy, bone scan, MRI, x-ray, etc.
My diagnosis: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage II. My doctors were thinking lumpectomy, but the surgeon stated he had to do a mastectomy.
I had a bilateral mastectomy. I’m so very blessed I did not need radiation. Thank God!
I started my chemo in May, currently still in treatment. My last scheduled chemo is on 09/25/14. So very excited….. I am very thankful for those sharp pains.
I hear this often now, “It’s common in women.” Yes, I know I’m not the first, nor will I be the last to be diagnosed with breast cancer, or any other cancer, BUT that statement is all they know. The emotions, changes, everything this does to you is tough. I wear my bald head high and proud.
We’re stronger than ever. I know I am. I Fight Like a 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.