It was December 23, 2010 and I was 36 years old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My husband had just returned home from his second deployment.
To say I was shocked would be an understatement. I didn’t have any lumps, discomfort or discharge – many of the usual symptoms of breast cancer. In fact, I had no symptoms of breast cancer. It was simply what I believe was the Holy Spirit that whispered to me, “You need to get a mammogram!” I’m so thankful I was able to get one right away. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts. In my right breast, I had stage 0. I also had two different types of cancer in my right breast, DCIS and LCIS. In my left breast, I had DCIS and I had 2 stages of cancer. One area was stage 0 and another area was stage 1A, that was near a blood vessel.
I was scared when I was told I had breast cancer! But, I didn’t get depressed or angry. I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy and had surgery on February 11, 2011. And today, I don’t even miss those little cancerous breasts I had. I took care of them for 36 years and surprisingly they decided to turn on me!
I didn’t have to do chemotherapy or radiation. Also, my margins are clear and so is my mind! In the Bible, 7 means completion and my onco type dx score was a 7. Therefore, I’m done with cancer and I’m thankful.
I’m also thankful my husband adores me without them. I think my breasts might be somewhere in a lab being studied. Perhaps, floating in a river! Either way, they’re gone and the cancer is gone too.
I decided not to have reconstructive surgery and I don’t wear breast prosthesis. I am bold, breastless and confident! I’m on a mission to inspire people that are affected by cancer. I love sharing my testimony. Early detection is so important! I have so much love and respect for my amazing medical team. They are truly the best! I will thank GOD every day for grace, mercy, and favor. Cancer messed with my breasts, but definitely not my self-esteem!
Early detection is key! Schedule your mammogram today and read this list of 7 things you should know before you go.