I remember friends telling me, “Oh if it hurts it’s not cancer, because cancer doesn’t hurt.” I was diagnosed with Stage 2b invasive ductal carcinoma that was ER+ on November 19, 2013, at the age of 38, with no family history.
I found the lump myself, and ignored it for three months before getting it checked out; it wasn’t until I developed lightning bolt pains in my breast that I decided something was wrong. I had suffered from clogged ducts before so I was sure that was what the lump was.
That same day I saw my GYN I was sent for a STAT mammogram. Then three days later I got a call to come back, I was sent to see a specialist for a needle aspiration biopsy, and three days later I got the news. I had breast cancer, to say my world was turned upside down is and was an understatement. I kept thinking, “but it hurts, cancer doesn’t hurt.” I am here to tell you YES, cancer can hurt, it affects the tissue surrounding the tumor and that was the pain I felt.
It is now six months later, and I am finishing my last round of Cytoxan/Taxotere in a few weeks. I am for all intensive purposes cancer free. It has been a rough ride, but I live by the words of, “Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.”
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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.