At the age of 39 I had a benign tumor removed from my right breast. Every year since my surgery I was very diligent in having my mammogram and breast exams.
This past August I started to have pain in my right shoulder and down my back. My doctor was convinced I had a torn rotator cuff. For six weeks I attended massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic adjustments. When my ultrasound and X-ray results came back my rotator cuff was not torn. In early October I was in the shower when I ran my hand over the top area of my right breast and it started to pulsate. Off to see the the doctor again. He could feel a lump but suggested it may be a cyst as cancer doesn’t hurt. This pain was waking me from my sleep. It was only nine months since my last mammogram but off to the breast screening clinic I went. The radiologist explained it didn’t look like a cyst and a core biopsy was scheduled. My results came back within three days. I was diagnosed with invasive duct carcinoma.
My husband and I along with 14 friends were to leave on a Caribbean cruise to celebrate his 50th birthday on November 15, 2013. Our friends went without us and I had a bilateral mastectomy on November 18, 2013. My cancer had entered my lymphatic system but never made it to my lymph nodes. Because my cancer was the most aggressive form I am now in chemotherapy. I just finished round two of four. I am almost finished and looking forward to reconstruction and enjoying everyday of the rest of my life.
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.