In November 2018, my annual mammogram was due. I was very hesitant to go.
I always did breast self-exams and have no family history of breast cancer,
so why expose myself to radiation? I did go, and I am so glad I did.
The call to return for a second mammogram and ultrasound was worrying.
I like to stay positive, so thought, “It’s probably nothing.”
After all, I breastfed both my daughters for over a year. Wasn’t
that supposed to lower your risk?
The repeat scans confirmed a 7-10 mm pea-sized mass in my left breast.
Now, I was more concerned. My best friend was diagnosed with HER2 positive
breast cancer in 2017. She was a trooper going through extensive treatment,
and is my biggest hero, to this day.
When I told her, we hugged, and I shed a tear and realized how scared I
was. Germans don’t cry. We are strong women and do not show emotion!
She recommended a breast surgeon with a great reputation, right here in
Jupiter, at the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center. Dr. Nancy Taft, and
her team, were so comforting! My girlfriend joined me at every appointment.
I never felt alone; and we were silly and giggled together, waiting for
The biopsy on January 2, 2019, revealed invasive ductal carcinoma, estrogen
and progesterone positive, HER2 negative stage 1A. Even though I had obviously
preferred a benign result, this was great news, believe it or not! A lumpectomy
and 6-8 weeks of radiation therapy, and a “cancer pill” for
5-10 years. Done!
Message to Other Women
Please go and get that mammogram and listen to your body. Know you are
not alone. I was lucky to have my family, my friends, my dogs, the beach
and the amazing team at Jupiter Medical Center to guide and support me
through this journey. I am eating better, and I have an even more positive
outlook on life now. The word cancer is so scary, but it does not have
to mean it’s the end.
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