Jen Whaley Jen Kicks Cancer's Ass!

First post: May 23, 2022 Latest post: Apr 2, 2023
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I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2022. The question I get asked the most is how did you find it? I am not 40 yet with no family history of breast cancer, and was not scheduled to have a routine mammogram until November of this year. I didn't feel a lump necessarily, but I noticed a weird bruise on my right breast that wasn't going away. It caused other changes as well on my right side, and I decided it would be a great idea to Google my symptoms. While I would never recommend Googling anything, since the results were terrifying, it did encourage me to seek medical advice quickly. 

I Googled my symptoms the night before Easter; I went into Urgent Care Easter morning where they put me on antibiotics and ordered a mammogram. While initially I was told they didn't want to do a mammogram until I was on antibiotics for a while, I insisted on getting one right away. The day after Easter, April 18th (which happened to be Chad's 40th birthday. Happy Birthday to him!), they performed a mammogram and discovered a suspicious mass and calcifications in my right breast. I had a biopsy on April 28th and it was determined that both the lump and the calcifications on my right side were cancerous. There were calcifications on the left side as well, but those came back benign. 

What has followed has been  a flurry of doctors visits, lab tests, and a lot of waiting on results. But also, a tidal wave of support and prayers have flooded in from all different directions, and we are very grateful for that. I very much believe in the power of prayer and can feel a sense of calm when I think about all of the prayer warriors I have on my team. Keep them coming!! 

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