Melanie Small

First post: Apr 17, 2013 Latest post: Oct 14, 2020
Welcome to My CaringBridge site. I've created this to keep friends and family updated. My family and I appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement!On April 4, 2013 at 29 years old I received the news that would change the course of the rest of my life - I have Breast Cancer. Many of my closest friends and my family knew I had been having issues for roughly 6 years with what we thought was Fibrocystic Breast Condition. I had been diligent in going for yearly check-ups and with each check-up the doctors always assured me that it was nothing to be concerned about. It was the same story every year from 2007 - 2012. In early 2013 I was experiencing more pain than usual and new pain in my shoulder. With encouragement from my husband I saw a new doctor who I wanted to establish as my primary care physician. Upon our first appointment I spoke to her only of the shortness of breath I was experiencing at the gym. I didn't bring up my breast pain for two reasons 1. In the past every doctor I spoke with was so sure that it was nothing to be concerned about 2. Fear. I had a follow-up appt. 2 weeks later on April 3. Matt strongly encouraged me to speak with her about my breast issues. I did and I asked her for a referral to a new radiology center.That day I went from what I thought would just be a follow-up appt. to a sonogram appt. which resulted in two biopsies. My fear became my reality. In the weeks since my diagnosis it is evident that I have the world’s strongest support system. I never knew what a positive influence I had on so many people. It is so incredibly reassuring to know that I have so many people by my side. With all the people I have out there praying for me I am certain that all the greater powers out there will get the message and work together to make sure I am here on earth making my mark for many years to come.