On December 14th, 2017, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38. This was a self-diagnosed lump I found and I'm so glad I went in.
At first I was hesitant to go in but with my health care insurance unknown for the 2018 year I decided to get in and have it at least looked at... and I’m glad I did! I have already undergone several doctors’ appointments with more to come...
On January 8th I had a lumpectomy surgery as well as 3 lymph nods removed to allow the doctors to test and determine what stage the cancer was and see if the cancer had spread. The following day, the doctor called with some amazing news and congratulated me on my awareness and courage to come in and have it looked at as the lump was caught early. She said that the test revealed my tumor was considered stage 1A.
Stage I describes invasive breast cancer (cancer cells are breaking through to or invading normal surrounding breast tissue) Stage I is divided into subcategories known as IA and IB.
Stage IA describes invasive breast cancer in which: the tumor measures up to 2 centimeters AND the cancer has not spread outside the breast; no lymph nodes are involved.
So thus classifying me now as CANCER FREE. However, my journey has not stopped there. In the last month following my surgery and that great news, I have met with plenty of doctors and specialists to make sure my body heals and that I’m not at risk of other breast cancer side effects such as lymphedema.
More to come as my adventure unfolds…
Thanks for all the support as I continue on this journey. I am very blessed for all the support I have from family, friends and those touched by my story… #blessed #powerinprayer