I was only 31 years old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though I didn’t have a family history of breast cancer, I thought it was important to do regular self exams. When I found a lump, I went to se my doctor, who sent me to Jane Brattain Breast Center for an ultrasound and a mammogram.
Jeanne, the clinical nurse specialist, called with the diagnosis, then helped me set up appointments and talked me through everything that was going to happen next. Because of my age, I opted to get a double mastectomy. Then I began chemotherapy.
The most important thing that inspired me to keep going was my religious faith. I also got in touch with the breast cancer survivors I know, because I knew they could help me through this. My friends and family were extremely supportive and it was nice to be able to look to them for inspiration.
It is really scary at first, but as the days go on you realize you have enough strength to get through each day. Overcoming breast cancer has made me a stronger person and taught me to live life to the fullest every day. I’ve learned to appreciate each moment and think of it as a gift.
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