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Teresa’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Teresa's Story (Breast Cancer)I’m the seventh female in my family to get breast cancer. I only found that out when my birth mother found me at the age of 30. She too is a breast cancer survivor and at age 78, she is still a fighter! She told me all about our family history and encouraged me to get the BRCA test. I chose not to and now I wish I had. One night I was dreaming about checking myself and woke up doing so. I felt a hard mass on my right breast.

I had been watching my left one as there was a cyst that came back non cancerous years ago. I had it checked, did a mammogram and sonograms. Then it was biopsy day. The pathologist was in the room as they were doing the procedure. He immediately took it. Here’s your sign ladies! Within minutes I heard the words…… all I could think about was I am going to lose my hair!!!!!! We did more testing and I’m BRCA1 positive and have triple negative breast cancer. Double whammy! Excuse the pun.

After the double mastectomy, I had nine lymph nodes removed, an ovary removed, 16 rounds of chemo, 30 rounds of radiations, and reconstruction, I fought like a girl and WON!

That was my motto and I even had it put on the back window of my mustang! It’s been two years and still I feel like I fight daily. Now my daughter was tested positive for BRCA1 so she will be able to make some life saving decisions. That’s the power of research at its best!

Teresa
Texas
Submitted 07/28/2013

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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