I have no history of breast cancer in my family but I do have a history of cancer. My aunt died at 19, in the early 80’s from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and around 2003, I lost my cousin, Kwanza, to ovarian cancer at the tender age of 25.
I remember when I found my lump like it was yesterday. I had just done my monthly exam and didn’t feel any changes. Well, I can truly say that it was by the grace of God that I found it when I did. I laid on the couch to watch some TV before heading to bed and my sports bra shifted to an uncomfortable pulling position. Well, I reached to fix it because it was really hurting and bam…..a big golf ball sized knot. I got really scared and ran to my husband upstairs and told him and we tried to locate it while I was standing and we couldn’t. So, I laid down and did the exam how you should do it in the shower and there it was again, in the lower quadrant up under my breast. Anyways, I got it checked and was diagnosed on my mother’s birthday with stage IIB IDC (triple negative).
Chemo didn’t work for me, so I had a radical mastectomy of my left breast. Radiation followed. I was cancer free!!!! Until November 2010 – now I am battling stage IV metastatic breast cancer to the lungs, chest wall, and mammary nodes. I am receiving Gemzar and God is making sure this thing is leaving my body!!! I thank God for his healing grace and mercy….everyday.
I want everone to do their self exams lying down and standing. I would have eventually found mine, but maybe when it was too late….
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.