A friend had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, and it reminded me that I was two years overdue for my own screening mammogram. I remembered that Jane Brattain Breast Center in St. Louis Park had been advertising walk-in mammograms, so on a Friday afternoon when I was done with work early, I decided to stop in for my long-overdue mammogram.
The following Tuesday I received a phone call telling me the images showed something suspicious and I would need a biopsy. Jeanne, the clinical nurse specialist, and Dr. Heaton, the surgeon, explained everything to me very clearly. I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer, and shortly after opted to have a double mastectomy. Since it was caught early I didn’t need chemotherapy or radiation.
This experience has taught me not to take anything for granted, and to cherish every celebration that comes my way – big or small. It has also made me want to share my experience with others as a way to encourage annual screening mammograms and early detection.
I am proud to be a one-year breast cancer survivor. I am so grateful to the Park Nicollet staff who carefully and gently guided me through the entire process. I also credit my faith in God and my friend who had recently experienced breast cancer herself for helping me to stay strong.
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