October 7, 2016 • by Glen Ivy Contributor
On October 5th, 2016 we had the honor of working with 9 beautiful Breast Cancer survivors. They each wrote about their journey in their own words.
It was the summer of 2012. We were getting ready to take my youngest daughter to school in New Hampshire, when I discovered an indentation on my left breast. I tried not to make a big deal about it but it never left my mind. I was preoccupied with the trip at the time.
When we got back, I made an appointment for my mammogram. After the appointment they told me I had to get a biopsy because they had found a small lump on my breast. My mother, my husband, and I went for the results and got the worst news of my life. All I heard were your results tested positive for “BREAST CANCER” and the rest was a big blur. I thought that was the end for me.
I was given a few options for my surgery, which included a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. I decided to go with the mastectomy. About three months after my surgery, I started chemotherapy, which was not the greatest thing I’ve ever done. I lost all of my hair a few weeks later, but I didn’t mind since I was able to wear some cute hats, wigs and head covers that my family bought for me.
My reconstruction started at the end of 2013. The procedure I chose was a Bilateral Free Flap reconstruction, which is the process of removing fat tissue and muscle from my abdomen and fashioning it in to my new breasts. When I woke up from the 13 hour procedure, I looked like a “stuffed burrito” from all the swelling. That was one of the worst things I’ve ever had to go through. My recovery was slow but with the support of my loving family, my faith in God and a positive attitude, I was able to conquer that feat.
This life changing experience has made me a stronger, more faithful, and hopeful person. It is a blessing to be alive today and to be called a “SURVIVOR”.
Check out Kimberly’s Story HERE
Check out Kathy’s Story HERE
Check out Debbie’s Story HERE
Check out Janelle’s Story HERE
Check out Maja’s Story HERE
Check out Crystal’s Story HERE
Check out Mary’s Story HERE
Check out Laura’s Story HERE