My very first mammogram, I found out I had cancer. I am 45 and have breast cancer that has spread to my hip and pelvic bones. I haven’t had surgery yet because the breast tumor was 5 centimeters and attached to my chest wall. I’ve been taking tamoxifen to shrink it first. I have had radiation on both my hip and pelvic bones to try to shrink the cancer. My last doctor’s appointment showed a decrease in the breast tumor, and I have been scheduled to see a surgeon.
I have a 24-year-old, severely mentally impaired son who depends on me for everything, like a three-year-old. He has microcephaly, which involves an unusually small brain. I do everything for him, including things like dressing, bathing, brushing his teeth, and preparing food. I have a very helpful, supportive boyfriend, Daniel. He has been amazingly understanding and patient whenever I am having a “bad day.” I also have a very close, supportive, and loving family. My mom and dad have gone to every biopsy (3 in all) and most of my appointments, even though I was living in Nevada at the time, and they were 6 hours away in California. I moved closer to them in February 2016, only 3 hours away now.
I was working in a warehouse full-time and doing a lot of overtime before my mammogram in May 2015. Now, due to the bone cancer, I can’t stand for long periods of time, so I am on disability, which isn’t even close to what I was making. I have been struggling with all my bills and stuff.
But I am still fighting!! I have been told there is no “cure” for stage 4 breast cancer, but I plan on changing that!!!! This girl ain’t goin’ down without a fight!!!!
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.