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Before I start sharing, I want to put out a disclaimer. I am not, I repeat, I am not looking for a pity party or for anyone to feel sorry for me. I feel like my journey and situation are so much bigger than myself. I am simply being obedient to what God has asked me to do.
I am hoping that my story helps to encourage other women to make sure you do your due diligence to do breast self-exams, go to your doctor if you notice any changes and get your annual mammograms. Men, please encourage your female family members, wives and girlfriends to do so also. Especially if you feel something while you’re intimate. You could be helping to save their lives.
I've had fibro cystic breast for as long as I could remember. I was very developed at the age of 10 years old. Because I was so used to being fortunate enough to have somewhat lumpy breast, I would routinely check to see if I noticed any changes in the sizes of the sometimes pebble sized masses. They would come and go as if they were playing peek-a-boo.
As I got older and pregnant with my son at the age of 35, doctors were becoming concerned with different cysts that turned out to be nothing. I thought I knew my body better than anyone else, and would let them know if I found something that was concerning.
Earlier this summer, I felt what I thought was yet another cyst and dismissed it as just more of the same. I knew I would have my annual checkup and mammogram coming up, so I just waited until that time. November 17, 2014 was the beginning of a barrage of test and life changing events yet to come.
The cancer is only in one breast, but I've opted to go radical and have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I never ever want to hear those 3 dreaded words again, and have to go through this process all over again.
Often, I've talked to God and asked him what my purpose in life is. I believe He's answered me by giving me this platform to help other women by encouraging them to not to be dismissive about any changes in their breast like I was, because it could be difference between life and death. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. #ImASurvivor