I was 42 at the time of my diagnosis. I woke up one day in November of
2018 and realized there was a large lump in my left breast and the skin
around it was pink. I immediately called my gynecologist and made an appointment.
A mammogram revealed the tumor. I was referred to Dr. Nancy Taft at the
Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, where I had an ultrasound and biopsies
that confirmed I had stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer that had spread
to my lymph nodes. A few weeks later, I started chemotherapy. I had a
double mastectomy on June 3, 2019, followed by radiation therapy.
My faith in God has helped me tremendously. I firmly believe in the power
of prayer and positive thinking, and it has helped me throughout my diagnosis
and treatment. My family has supported me through this entire journey.
They have been to chemotherapy with me, as well as numerous doctor appointments,
and they’ve kept me positive and focused on my road to recovery.
My nursing team is amazing, so kind and supportive. They explained everything
clearly, and they are available whenever I have questions or fears.
Message to Other Women
Listen to your body and get regular check-ups. If anyone finds themselves
in this situation, please know that there are many resources and treatments
to help you through your journey. Every woman is different, and everyone’s
source of support will be different, but there are many out there to help
you along your path.
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