Hi, my name is Elizabeth Aguirre-Bass and this is my story. I was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 2B after I discovered a lump on my left breast one October morning. At first, I didn’t think anything of it and I thought it will go away. I checked again and again hoping that it was my imagination; however, the lump was still there. I went to my doctor and I told him about the lump on my breast and he immediately checked me and referred me to get an ultra sound. It became real after I heard myself talking to my doctor. I was afraid yet I wanted to know the results. This was during COVID and my appointment was 2 months later so you can imagine my mental state. The anticipation grew as did my stress knowing I had to wait that long. After the ultra sound, it was confirmed that I did in fact have a tumor on my breast. My doctor said it looked like cancer but I would have a biopsy and mammogram to confirm. I was scared yet again but still hopeful; I had no clue how a biopsy was done until I researched it. All I can say is that it is VERY painful but necessary. After the results, I had confirmation that the lump was cancerous. My heart stopped and I was in shock for a bit.. I didn’t know how to feel. My daughter was with me when I got the results and I just heard her crying. I comforted her telling her everything would be fine. I was in mom mode and forgot how I felt for a minute. At that moment, I made a decision that I would do whatever it took to get better for my son, daughter, husband and most importantly for myself.
My advice to anyone who feels any sort of lump that was not there before, if you’re having pain and the area feels hard or just does not feel right, please go to your doctor immediately. It may be nothing but it is best to get checked out. It may save your life. It is ok to be afraid. I was afraid but I have so much faith in our Lord Jesus Christ to guide me through. I put my war gear on to fight my breast cancer battle and I won. I am still standing and ready for my next chapter in life. I survived 5 surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. I am proud to say that I am a breast cancer survivor!
I could not have gone through the “journey” without the prayers, help, love and support of our Lord Jesus Christ, family, friends, bible study group, Doctora Leticia, Neuro Farms, Terramater, Primary Doctor, Surgeon, Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, all the wonderful nurses, Cancer Resource Center of the Desert and Susan G. Komen foundation. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I am blessed to have a longer life with my family and friends.
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