Diagnosed at 31, Stage 3
At the age of 31, two days after losing my dad to colon cancer, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Breast cancer. September 6, 2017 it instantly changed my life, immediately I knew I had to TRUST GOD.
After watching my Mom and sister (both deceased from ovarian cancer) go through chemotherapy and the surgery, I knew the side effects of chemotherapy and how it would take a hit on my body. I knew I was going to have good and bad days. I was ready to Fight and Win.
My treatment plan consisted of 16 rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and 28 radiation treatments. During chemotherapy I didn't experience the nausea or vomiting as others but I did have body aches, blurry vision, and intense headaches. But even during my hardest days, I TRUSTED GOD! He knew the plans he had for my life. April 19th, 2018 I was losing my breast. Not only was I losing my breast, I knew my beauty wasnt defined by breast and after realizing these things (my breasts) were trying to take me out, I immediately was a NEW SET Lol.
I agreed to 28 radiation treatments and I didn't realize how it was going to effect me. My Faith was tested many days and I wanted to give up. My skin was sensitive, I couldn't be in the sun, and going to treatment Monday-Friday was difficult. Just laying on that hard table for 15 to 20 minutes. I was over it. But Faith got me through. How Did I Get Through It?
I've built a closer relations with God, remained positive, and kept my Faith! Sometimes circumstances happens to build and help us become who God wants us to be. I believe.
After losing many family members to CANCER, I did everything in my power to survive. I listened to my doctors , stayed dehydrated, exercised, and listen to my body.
The key is letting your body rest. Give your body time to heal. Also, try to do something you like to do, I enjoy food, so I went on lunch dates every Friday with friends. It helped me feel normal; it helped me realize creating memories is all I want to do.
My goal is to continue to promote early detection and spread breast cancer awareness, not only in October but everyday. I want to inspire, empower, and motivate others to not only take their health serious but to know your current situation is not your destiny. You will get through it!