Year 2020 was a such a tough year for everyone due to the pandemic. Hoping for a new beginning in Year 2021, I bought a new car that I'd been wanting; my career was better than ever; I was elected as Ambassador for the International Council for Open and Distance Education; and I was even featured in Franklin's social media and news a couple of times. It was one good thing after another so far this year!
It started with itchiness in my left breast. As I self-examined myself, I felt something in both sides. So I called my OBGYN and told them what I felt. They quickly arranged an appointment for me and sent me to a facility for mammography and diagnostic ultrasound. A week later, on April 15th, I was sent to Bing Breast Cancer Center for biopsy. The doctor doing my biopsies (actually had four done!) told me there was a high probability that I may have breast cancer and would need a mastectomy. My whole world collapsed at that moment. I cried like a baby during the entire procedure. All I was thinking about in my head was my Hannah. I can't let Hannah grow up without mommy. She is THE WORLD to me! At that time, I was almost certain that my diagnosis would be positive for having breast cancer, since the doctor seemed so sure.
On my way home from the biopsy, I called Hannah's dad and told him what my situation may be. He was shocked but asserted to me that he would support me any way he can. Taking care of Hannah is the best help I can ask him!
The next day after the biopsies, I was sent to Riverside Hospital to do breast MRI. Anxiously waited for 3 days, my doctor at OhioHealth called me and confirmed with me that I indeed have breast cancer, Stage 2 in the left side and Stage 1 in the right side at that time. I then went to OSU Stephanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center for a second opinion, their diagnose is Stage 2 in both sides. After doing a lot of homework and research, I decided to go to Stephanie Spielman for surgery and all treatment.
Now the cancer is confirmed, Hannah’s father and I decided not to tell Hannah that mommy has cancer. She doesn't understand yet. When she is older, I will tell my precious daughter that mommy is a cancer survivor, a fighter, and a winner. Mommy will fight like a girl with this cancer, for her and for everyone Mommy loves! One day, I want her to read Mommy's CaringBridge site and cancer journal Mommy is writing to help document this journey and possibly even help others that find themselves in this same situation.