My mother had breast cancer at 55, melanoma at 58 and died from lung cancer at 67. I have a ridiculous family history that includes all kinds of cancers, so it’s always been not “if,” but “when” I would get cancer.
Stories of the Fight
On March 3rd, 2016, the day before our daughter turned 3 years old, I was dealt a blow I never imagined. I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at the age of 37. In the six months since this diagnosis, I have been on a physical and emotional roller coaster that words cannot adequately describe.
Almost seven years to the day, I faced my second battle with Breast Cancer, or as I call it, "The Beast"! My first journey was in 2009, with treatment for Estrogen Positive Stage I, the most common and most treatable. I chose a lumpectomy and radiation as my course of action.
I was diagnosed in March 2016 and completed six months of chemotherapy in August. In the fall of 2016, I had my lumpectomy. They checked my lymph nodes which were clear! The last step will be radiation. I am a survivor!
I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2002, and I did chemo and radiation – 16 rounds. It was not a very good experience, and I did not want to accept the disease then. I was 45 and working full-time and treatment put me into early menopause.
My world changed forever in April of 2014, at the age of 37 when I was diagnosed with stage 3 Breast Cancer. The cancer metastasized into my bones very quickly. I was young and there was no breast cancer history in my family. I started learning more about Breast Cancer, and I know that I will beat this horrible disease.