I have made lifelong friendships, and we intend to stay connected to Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation and be an extended source for women to rely on.
In 2012 I went to my Fridley clinic for a routine mammogram only to find out I missed the appointment by a day. “Would you like to make another appointment?” the receptionist asked. I told her I would call her later to reschedule. When I got to my car something told me to go back inside the clinic and set up an appointment as soon as possible. I followed my instincts, marched back into the clinic, and took the first available appointment for the next day.
That next day I went in for my mammogram, and I was asked to schedule further testing with a biopsy. I asked if I could be scheduled later the same day, and there was a cancellation so I snapped up the appointment. After the biopsy, the radiologist said I would be notified within 24 hours of the results. The next morning, I received a call from the breast clinic saying I had cancer. I went in and met with several people, and within two weeks’ time I had a bilateral mastectomy and was measuring the fluid collecting in my drains.
What pulled me through those two weeks was a belief in hope. I thought to myself how very fortunate I was that I landed in the hands of great doctors and a support group through Minnesota Oncology that nurtured me to health. This support group, Sisters Strong, reaches out to women recovering from breast cancer, regardless of the stage and diagnosis and offers women a sense of community at a time when belonging is crucial. I have made lifelong friendships, and we intend to stay connected to Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation and be an extended source for women to rely on.
Today I am cancer free, I have perky boobs, albeit surgically enhanced, and I never give up hope.