May 2014 I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma and was scheduled for immediate surgery consisting of a unilateral mastectomy with axillary dissection of the lymph nodes. After surgery I was told by my surgeon that 18 out of 18 lymph nodes were cancerous. Fast forward a month later sitting in an oncologist’s office after a series of scans facing chemotherapy and radiation for a de novo (stage4) diagnosis.
Nothing can prepare you for this gut punch of reality and life as you know it will never be the same. All these years later, medicine and a determined protocol of health and wellness have kept me alive.
My husband, children, parents and extended family have helped me maintain a positive spirit. I have a diagnosis of incurable breast cancer that I will be dealing with the rest of my life. I also have the determination to want to be here for every milestone in my children’s lives, and I will keep fighting to accomplish just that.You can support YWBCAF in Pittsburgh buy purchasing Pink Ribbon Bagels at the 31 Panera Locations or consider donating at ywbcaf.org/donate #youngbreastcancer #ywbcaf