This is #breastcancer at 35. My life was somewhat normal before all of this happened. I was a health and fitness coach who ate healthily, worked out almost every day, had an amazing 5-year-old son, supportive husband, amazing friends and about to start IVF after 3 years of our #infertilityjourney.
THEN THE SURPRISE OF A LIFETIME
It was a June morning and I felt something on my left breast (I never did self-checks but now I promote them to everyone) and called my doctor. With my family history and what I described, she made an appointment to see her the next day and once I saw her she ordered a mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy. Six days later I heard the words YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER.
I caught it early so no chemo but we do have radiation and then the last few reconstructive surgeries. Here I am with expanders (no breasts and nippleless). I’m three weeks out today from my double mastectomy and I’m still getting used to this new normal.
Mentally every day I have to prepare myself for the day. I have low energy and can’t exercise or even go outside right now thanks to the Arizona heat!
But IM ALIVE! Early detection really does save lives! Check your breasts and don’t be afraid to call the doctor if you’re concerned! It saved my life! My first mammogram wouldn’t have been for another 4 years. I tested BRCA- 6 years prior to this and have a family history of breast cancer and still couldn’t get a preventative mammogram without cause.
At that point, I might not have even been here to write this post! If you don’t self-check do it now! Start now.. don’t let the little things be ignored! Let’s talk about it! Be your own advocate.
Life’s not over for me it’s just beginning! A new start to an even better life! It’s all about attitude!
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