You never think you are going to be the one to hear those words that you have breast cancer. My Grandmother was diagnosed at 78 with breast cancer and after 6 years is still going strong. She has always been a rock star and cancer did not change that. She fought and won as I totally knew would. I began getting my mammograms at 40 with no real worries. Earlier this year, at 44, I went in for a regular annual exam and a lump was felt during the self-check. My mammogram and biopsy thereafter confirmed it was breast cancer. I had the lump removed without it reaching my nodes and radiation after. I hate cancer. All of it. I hate that so many suffer, and it doesn’t stop. It is also one thing that scares me for myself and others. I also have to thank cancer. I have found strength in myself and have been reminded what amazing family and friends I am blessed with. I give those extra hugs because I don’t want to take time for granted. The doctors, nurses and especially the radiation techs were great. They kept my light on inside each day and positive. I am now in a club I didn’t want to be in but wouldn’t change now that I have joined. I am bonded with some amazing women that will be my friends and sisters for life. And we are all strong and fighting for raising awareness and finding a cure. I think it is so important to remember to get your mammograms and do self-checks. Most important, I think you need to stay positive and keep faith in God. He was the one person I was most angry at on that first day, but faith in him is what carries us through.