I went to my family doctor who sent me for my mammogram. The mamo came back suspect so they did an ultrasound that day. Three doctors told me it was simply a hematoma and to come back in 6-8 months for another mamo. If it was still there, then they would recommend a biopsy.
I said, “Wait? I don’t want to wait, let’s do the biopsy instead.” So, they sent the report to my family doctor who ordered the biopsy. On April 15, 2019, I got my biopsy. On April 18, 2019, my family doctor called me to tell me I have breast cancer.
On May 15, 2019, I had a partial mastectomy and a dual lymph node removal. On June 4, 2019, I found out my cancer was stage 1 and had not spread. My oncologist, Dr. V, stated that she is happy I stood up for myself and didn’t just blindly follow the other doctor’s recommendation.
I stood up and fought for myself. I’m now going through chemo and hormone therapy, with just stage 1 cancer.
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.