Life was seemingly perfect in the summer of 2017. We had just settled into our new home. Everyone was healthy and happy. In the above photo we were enjoying a family outing thanks to tickets given to us by our wonderful new neighbors. While we were having a great time, I had no idea cancer was growing in my body. A few days later I found a lump in my right breast. Considering I had a "clear" mammogram 6 months prior, I did not think too much of it. When it was still present a few weeks later I scheduled an appointment with my OBGYN. He examined the lump, and told me he was "sure" it was benign.
Despite his confidence that I had nothing to worry about AND my "clear" mammogram just months prior, I went to see a specialist. She performed new scans that day which prompted an immediate biopsy.
A few days later I received the call. The first question that goes through your mind when you are diagnosed with cancer goes without saying. But I couldn't ask it. My then 4 year old was next to me. So I just listened as she told me the tumor was aggressive and it was starting to spread.
My journey began with a double mastectomy, then 6 rounds of strong chemo then an additional 8 months of targeted infusion therapy followed by my final reconstructive surgery.
I rang the bell on October 26, 2018.
I consider myself fortunate. I thank God I did a self exam and that I got a second opinion. I am now celebrating 2 years cancer free. I had a tremendous amount of love and support during my journey and I want to give back and help others. I fundraise so that others diagnosed with breast cancer can ring that bell.
Your support helps us get one step closer to a world without breast cancer. 75 percent of the money raised through the Walk stays in the community to fund local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. The remaining 25 percent supports groundbreaking breast cancer research.
Will you please join me in this fight by making a donation today?