I began getting breast exams 15 years ago at age 35. I did not have any
family history of breast cancer, but I decided to get mammograms anyway
since my place of employment made it very convenient. The doctors recommended
I have mammograms and ultrasounds, rotating every six months due to breast
density. So I felt very secure that I was covered when it came to breast
cancer and early detection.
In June 2017, I had my routine breast ultrasound and the results were fine,
nothing suspicious. In November 2017, six months later, I had my normal
rotating mammogram. I was notified that the test detected a suspicious
lump. It was about two centimeters in size, large enough that I would
have noticed it if I did self-checks, which I did not. So I went from
nothing suspicious to a 2 cm lump in six months.
On December 22, I received the call there were signs of cancer. After the
shock and tears, I immediately went into action mode. I had stage 2, DCIS,
triple negative breast cancer. At the end of December, I had a lumpectomy.
I also had genetic testing which turned out negative.
In January 2018, I began aggressive chemotherapy. Losing my hair was the
worst part for me. I was tired a lot, but I was blessed not to suffer
the way many people do. After that, I chose to have a double mastectomy
with reconstruction later that year.
Currently, I am cancer free and have put that behind me, with the exception
of sharing my experience to help others.
I will forever be grateful to Dr. Nancy Taft and Dr. Talya Schwarzberg
for having my back. I am thankful I had their support and friendship through
this journey. And I am truly blessed to have had one of the best people
I know in my corner. Jenny, words can’t express my gratitude and love.
Message to other women
EARLY DETECTION!! My personal opinion is that one mammogram per year is
not enough. But, if that is the case, then self-check. All cancers are
different, as far as aggressiveness. My results could have been very different
if the cancer had been discovered six months later. Because of this, I
consider myself lucky!
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