I was diagnosed with breast cancer a week after my 35th birthday. It was such a scary time. It's like a storm blowing you
around and rocking your whole existence. How will I get through this?
How will I take care of my family? Then I had a PET scan and two more
biopsies, and my diagnosis got even scarier. I had cancer in my lymph
nodes in areas other than my arm pit and in one of my bones. I had five
months of chemotherapy, followed by surgery and radiation.
I am now cancer-free, and my treatment plan is focused on prevention. It's
hard to think that it is has been just over a year. It's a battle.
It's not easy, but we get through it. My family and friends have been
there for me, as well as the nurse navigators, counselors, oncology nurses
and many others at Jupiter Medical Center. I can't imagine going through
this without them. I am truly humbled by the love and support that I have
had this last year.
Although the last year of my life has been one of the hardest, I feel
as though I have grown so much as an individual. Sometimes you will go
through tough treatments simply because you don’t really have a
choice. But after going through the hard stuff—chemotherapy, surgery,
radiation therapy, more testing and appointments—you have the opportunity
to see life in a different way. You learn to live more fully and appreciate
life more. You learn to love your new self, your new body and the new
strength that you may not have known you possessed. Since my diagnosis,
I am learning to live a better life, take better care of myself, and to
be a better person to myself and everyone and everything around me. God
gives us a beautiful life, and it’s up to us to live the best life
possible every day.
Message to Other Women:
Listen to your body, and if something doesn't seem right, get it checked
out. Don't wait! Put your health first, and get your testing done.
It can be scary, so always remember you are not alone. Together we will
get through this!
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