Breast Cancer Survivor
I am a 7 year breast cancer survivor. I have a history of breast cancer in my family so I was very diligent about breast self exams and mammograms. My mother got breast cancer at the age of 55 and I discovered my cancer at the age of 55. My mom died at the age of 59 from bone cancer as a direct result of her breast cancer. I am still alive and cancer free at 61 because I took immediate action, as opposed to my mom who tried to ignore it, thinking it would go away. 35 years ago that is the way a lot of woman thought. She kept it a secret too long and suffered an agonizing 4 years. I knew I would not be going down that path. Early detection is the key. I never asked why me and I can’t say I was ever scared of what might happen. My cancer was estrogen fueled, very aggressive, and at a stage 3 when I found it so needless to say there wasn’t much time to think about it.
I opted for a double mastectomy because of my history, and I wasn’t going through this again. Surgery was first, then chemo and radiation. I lost my hair which was kind of cool because I didn’t have to worry about bad hair days. Was there bad days, hell yeah, but did I ever doubt my choices or give up, hell no. I fought like a girl and kicked cancers ass. My reward: a tummy tuck and bigger, better boobs! What more could a girl ask for.