I am a 3 times breast cancer survivor. The first discovery was in June 2007. A small lump appeared on my left breast. I was diagnosed with Her-2 positive stage 1 breast cancer. The recommended treatment plan was a lumpectomy followed by chemo therapy and radiation. I successfully completed this treatment plan in 2009.
The second discovery was in June 2013. Microcalcifications appeared on a schedule routine mammogram. This appeared on my left breast and I was diagnosed with Her-2 negative stage 1 breast cancer. My treatment plan resulted in a bilateral mastectomy followed by immediate reconstructon. No chemotherapy and no radiation.
The 3rd discovery was in January 2017. I felt a lump under my left breast. I scheduled an appointment and the doctor told me I was being paraniod? She reluctantly scheduled an ultrasound and that lump was scar tissue however, there was a mass close to my right chest wall which was on a previous mammogram that was overlooked. Upon further testing, I was diagnoised with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. My treatment was chemotherapy followed by radiation. I've remained cancer free.
I have a deep passion to spread the word about breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection. I wanted to spread awareness in a way that was socially acceptable while putting people at ease whether they are effected or know someone or lost someone to this disease.
One percent of men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Both men and women are placed in supportive roles when their loved ones are fighting for their lives battling this disease.
A significant other, husband, wife, friend or intimate partner perform exams all the time. If you're in this role and notice something strange. Please do not hesitate to bring it to the person attention.
Early detection saves lives! It saved mines 3 times!