By Teresa Blake
May 2013 IS THE DAY MY LIFE CHANGED
I felt a sore spot in my left breast that would not go away. Sometimes I could even feel a small lump and other times nothing, but the pain kept coming back and it got my attention since both my Mom and Aunt were diagnosed with breast cancer. So I scheduled the ultrasound only to find nothing. So I knew I needed to go for a biopsy. Two months later I received the call from my doctor.
I had breast cancer.
I was 43 years old with two children, three grandchildren and a husband of 13 years. The feeling was unlike anything I have ever felt before. It felt like I was punched in the stomach and the thought of dying so young made me feel helpless.
I made an appointment for an MRI and another biopsy . Dr. Wilke gave us all of our options and allowed us to take the time we needed to make our decisions. I also met Dr. Poore the plastic surgeon who was equally kind and discussed further options. I had the most amazing doctors and staff I am very thankful.
From October 2013 to May 2014
I underwent surgeries, injections that expand the skin and more reconstruction surgeries which were all very painful. My husband was my rock. Him and my family definitely made me stronger and the support was just what I needed.
Next was to consult my Oncologist. My worry was that he would tell me I needed chemotherapy and what it would be like to lose my hair and all the other side effects that come with it. Thankfully, he did not… what he did tell me was the cancer was small and caught early enough that I would not need chemotherapy. I am on medication and will be for about 5 to 10 years to make sure the cancer is confined.
Getting advice from others in the community about their personal experience with breast cancer helped me so much and I thank those who shared and helped me. I want to share my story to be able to help anyone else newly diagnosed or have questions.
I am happy to say, “I am a breast cancer survivor” plus now my new implants will last for at least 10 years and will be the youngest looking part of me.
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