My Cancer Journey

I was diagnosed on February 5th, 2019 with Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma. I knew when my doctor called and I heard his voice, that this was the call I hoped I would never receive.

I quickly made an appointment with a breast surgeon who was highly recommended. She was very kind and told me I had triple negative and I was stage 3b. I had heard a couple days before, you do not want triple negative breast cancer. It was a whirlwind of appointments and tests.

One of the hardest things was telling my family. I have 6 children and they were sad but so loving and supportive. My husband started working from home because he didn’t want me to be alone. I started 8 treatments of chemo, followed by a double mastectomy and they also took out 15 lymph nodes, 3 of which were still cancerous.

The mastectomy was a rough recovery. I had 33 treatments of radiation and I am now waiting to schedule my reconstruction surgery. It has been a rough road but I have also been very blessed with a wonderful support system. The thing that helped me the most was to stay positive. There were many tears shed along the way, but I realized I can do hard things, really hard things.

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