My journey began back in September 2021 when I was taking a shower and felt a lump in my right breast. At first, I shrugged it off and thought I had pulled a muscle or something. After about a week, I made an appointment to see my primary doctor who sent me for tests. I had just had my mammogram in July, so my doctor assured me it was probably just a cyst. I received my diagnosis on October 22 and my life was forever changed. I was diagnosed with stage 2-3, triple positive breast cancer. I was at school on my lunch break when I got the news and it dropped me to my knees. I was in complete shock and disbelief.
I started chemo treatments in November and was unable to continue teaching. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever endured and honestly wasn’t sure if I’d make it. The next step was a double mastectomy. When I received my pathology report from surgery, I was ecstatic to hear that there was no evidence of cancer left!
For the final chapter of my journey, I am continuing to get targeted therapy treatments every 3 weeks for the next 9 months. These treatments, along with medication must be on for five years, which will help to prevent reoccurrence. I will also have reconstruction surgery in hopefully a few months.
It’s been a long bumpy road, but I am so grateful to be on this side of my journey now. This has been so life changing for our entire family. Each day is truly a gift, and I am so thankful for the support we have received and continue to receive from our friends and family!