- Business owner
- Family history of breast cancer
I’d been getting my mammograms faithfully since I turned 40. I didn’t even feel the lump.
My doctor felt something during a clinical exam. I scheduled my mammogram at Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women’s Center right away. I was so nervous that year. Well, the lump was visible on the mammogram. So, I knew something was wrong. I just knew it had to be cancer. After biopsies, the results were in, unfortunately, I was right….cancer.
The doctors said it was a very large tumor. So, I had chemotherapy treatments before my lumpectomy. During surgery, the doctor removed 14 lymph nodes also. I had radiation therapy after my surgery. It was a tough journey, filled with all kinds of ups and downs. Some people describe it as an emotional rollercoaster. I would have to agree.
Throughout it all, my employees, friends and family and customers were so supportive. I worked as much as I could, but chemo really took a lot out of me. My employees were so great. I never had to close my doors throughout my entire treatment.
When I look back, I can’t believe I did it. But I did. I am a survivor.
Do you have advice for other women?
Just do it – get the mammogram. Don’t even think about it. I’m just so happy to be alive. I can’t stress the importance of getting your mammogram. Seriously, don’t even think about it, just get it done. It’s only one day a year.