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Nikki’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Nikki's Story (Breast cancer)My mom is a two-time survivor. She was diagnosed at 37 and 52.  My sister is an ovarian cancer survivor at age 29.  Both grandmothers are also survivors; one of them is still fighting as she continues chemo and radiation.  Because of my strong family history, I get a mammogram every six months and then an MRI six months after.

I went in for a routine MRI and was called back for an ultrasound, then ended up having a biopsy.  At first, the pathologist told me there’s nothing to worry about, that it’s just abnormal cells, but they wanted to send samples to Mayo Clinic just to be sure because of my family history. Well, two long weeks went by, and I received the call that it was cancer and that I needed to set up an appointment with a surgeon.

I had a lumpectomy and one lymph node removed which was all clear and stage 1. I never imagined having to go through this at 31 years of age. My oncologist advised I should go to a fertility clinic and go through the process of freezing my eggs before I started chemo and radiation.  So, after 2 long weeks of having blood work, ultrasounds, and giving myself injections in my stomach every night, my egg retrieval was a great success; 18 eggs were retrieved.  I was so overwhelmed with this whole process but so glad and thankful I was able to freeze my eggs to have babies later on.

I then underwent four treatments of chemotherapy, and I’m currently going through radiation.  It has been a very long 7 months, but I couldn’t have gone through this tough time in my life without my family and friends and prayer.  I am very thankful for proactive doctors and early detection.

Continuing to fight like a girl,
Nikki!

Nikki
Michigan
Submitted 4-26-13

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.

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  1. Nikki, You are a strong woman! I am blessed to call you my cousin. I am thankful that you have been so courageous during this hard time of your life. You are my hero in many ways. Thank you for being you. I am glad that you are still smiling. I love you.
    Sarah

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