On October 27, 2008, as I was showering, I found a lump in my left breast. I called and made an appointment to have my yearly mammogram done early. On November 5, I was told I had breast cancer. I was scared to death.
In 2005, my sister, Debby, had died due to metastasized breast cancer. I went to MO Cancer Associates, and I was told it was caught early. After giving my news to my twin sister, Robin, she went and had a mammogram. She was also diagnosed with breast cancer. It actually mirrored each other. Her’s was on the left, mine was on the right.
In December, I started 6 rounds of chemo. In June of 2009, I had a bi-lateral mastectomy. I chose this option because I had genetic testing and was positive for HER2. Then in July of 2009, I started my 25 rounds of radiation. In September of 2010, I opted to have a hysterectomy because of my risk of ovarian cancer.
Today, I am cancer free and so is my sister. I like to tell her I saved her life because if I haven’t gotten diagnosed, she would of never had the mammogram done. I Fought Like a Girl and won!
The picture is of myself on the right, my twin sister, Robin, in the middle, and my sister, Debby, of the left, who lost her battle.
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.