You are stronger than you know!
I went for a baseline mammogram, and was told not to be alarmed if I was called back for more imaging, as the 3D mammogram’s often detect abnormalities that are essentially false positive. I didn’t think anything of it, and went on with my day. The following day I was called to come in for more imaging. Immediately following, the radiologist wanted an ultrasound as there were suspicious areas in my right breast. The ultrasound led to 2 out of 3 biopsies. The Friday before Memorial Day 2021, I received a phone call on my way to work confirming my diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma stage 2a PR-, HER2 +, grade 3.
I was instantly numb, I had no emotions as I didn’t know what to think. My first thought was that I have two young boys, who need me, and it’s going to take a lot more than cancer to take me away from them.
Fast forward through what seemed like daily doctors appointments and testing, my team of doctors came up with a treatment plan. I was scared, sad, mad, and didn’t like the feeling of the unknown. Thankfully, I am beyond blessed with amazing family and friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better support system. I thank god every day for the people in my life, without them I’m not sure that I could’ve made it through this.
I went through 6 rounds of chemotherapy, which was debilitating each time. Following chemo, I had a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I will continue my antibody infusions until August. I have Lupron injections every 3 months for 3 years and will be on a hormone blocker’s for 10 years.
To say this diagnosis was life changing is an understatement. It has made me realize just how precious life really is, and how truly blessed I am. Life is short and sweating the small stuff is not worth it. Find your happiness and surround yourself with those who love you most, and no matter what, don’t ever give up the fight.