In 2021 I scheduled an appointment with my doctor to investigate a suspicious lump and pain in my right breast. A month later I was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, stage 2, grade 1. This news hit me hard and the thought of death was so dark, the fear my son might lose two parents scared the crap out of me... but it also made me determined. It lit a fire in me.
I chose to undergo a double mastectomy in January 2022, which they found the tumor to be large than expected, triggering another surgery to remove more tissue. Chemo and radiation were both on the table as treatments, but proved to only benefit my life expectancy by a small percentage, so I decided against it. It was more important for me to be present and available for my son.
The highs and lows these last two years have brought were unexpected and have challenged my soul to the core. But I've also grown so much... these life lessons really show you what is important and I've learned the value of slowing down, being present, prioritizing your health and happiness.
This year, I joined the ONE Komen community and registered for the Susan G. Komen MORE THAN PINK Walk. I am dedicated to Komen's ONE mission of ending breast cancer forever, and I need your help. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today in support of my fundraising efforts.
Your support helps us get ONE step closer to a world without breast cancer. Funds raised help support breakthrough research and provide assistance to those facing breast cancer today who need our support. Whether it’s emotional support via Komen’s helpline, financial support through Komen’s treatment assistance program, or help navigating their care journey, Komen will be there for them.
In moments like this, your generosity can make a real difference. Together, let’s show breast cancer patients there’s a whole community standing by their side.
Will you please join me in this fight by making a donation today?