I found a lump in my right breast just 7 months after a clear routine mammogram. I have never had so much as a sprained ankle. I never even had a cavity growing up. I was a pillar of good health. I was sure it was nothing.
I was shopping for Halloween decorations with my son when the doctor called with my biopsy results. She told me I had cancer and that the tumor was aggressive.
The first question one asks when diagnosed with cancer goes without saying.
The next few weeks were the most stressful of my life...I was awaiting my fate ...wondering what kind of treatment I would need and how I would take care of two high energy boys who were just 4 & 5.
I remember someone telling me, not to worry ...that a year from now this would all be in my rear view mirror. But I was a professional worrier.
That next year was a blurry nightmare. Dozens of doctors appointments, more testing and scanning, two surgeries, a painfully obvious port sticking out of my chest, 4 months of chemo then another 8 months of targeted infusion therapy.
But I consider myself fortunate. I thank God I did a self exam and found it before it spread to my lymph nodes. I feel fortunate that my journey is compete, that I am healthy and that the whole situation IS in fact in my rear view mirror.
I had such a tremendous amount of love and support during this time that I want to give back and help others overcome this horrible disease.
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