In June of 2008 at the age of 41, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer after my second mammogram. I was married with two young children.
After visiting with two different sets of doctors I learned my cancer was what the doctors call a triple negative, which is an aggressive type of Breast Cancer. I decided to go with a double mastectomy with reconstruction. After my surgery, testing of the tissue determined my cancer was a little larger than the doctor’s first thought, so chemotherapy was recommended.
Reconstruction of my breast was a process that took close to two years. During this time my oncologist suggested that with my family’s history of cancer, I should have genetic testing. This confirmed I carry the Breast Cancer gene BRAC I. Which now meant another surgery to remove my ovaries, because the BRAC I gene can also affect the ovaries and it’s hard to detect early.
What I believe and now know is the best cure for Breast Cancer is early detection, through mammograms, self-exams, self-awareness and knowledge of your family’s medical history. By the Grace of God, I have been cancer free for 9 years and I am excited to say I am a Survivor!