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Shannon’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Shannon's Breast Cancer StorySo, on January 23, 2019, I found my lump.

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.

Submitted 06/05/2019

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.

One comment

  1. Carol

    I too was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. I am so glad you decided to fight for them to do something. We know our bodies better than others do. I wish you well as you continue your journey.

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