In July of 2020, as everyone knows, we were all in the middle of a pandemic. I was 41 years old, married, and the mother of a 10-year-old daughter. Overall, I was healthy and lived a very active lifestyle.
My doctor told me it was time to start having yearly mammograms. I went for my very first mammogram, and much to my surprise, I went for a second shortly after. Immediately after my second mammogram, I had an ultrasound, and a few short weeks after that, I had a needle biopsy.
A few days after my biopsy, I received the most horrible phone call. I was told I had breast cancer. I remember so many things racing through my head. So many emotions. So many unknowns. Scared of being sick, scared of dying, scared of leaving my family behind. It was all a whirlwind.
I had an amazing team of doctors who helped me make the best decisions in my treatment plan. They saved my life! But, early detection is the key. Breast health is very important, and monthly self-exams and yearly screenings, once you are eligible, are necessary. I personally did not have any evident symptoms, and my cancer was caught in its early stages. I was very fortunate.
It was one of the most difficult times in my life, and the physical and emotional struggle was challenging. With the support of my husband, my daughter, my family, my friends, and co-workers, and most importantly, my Faith in God, I managed to push through the difficult times. Today, I am alive and cancer free, and happy to be able to share my story with you!