“For all the women just starting their journey, the secret is to stay positive and surround yourself with the people who love you.”
There were so many hard moments after learning I had breast cancer. I was 34 when I was diagnosed and had just finished the first year of my dream job being an instructor at a local community college. Finding out I had cancer, I immediately panicked that I wouldn’t get a renewal contract to teach. I am also single with no kids, so my next thought was how am I going to be able to date or even get married if I lose all my hair, and how would I pay to freeze my eggs so that one day I could have children of my own.
Before being diagnosed with breast cancer, I was in a freak accident that caused me to be dependent on others for almost a year. I had to learn to walk again and trust myself to do daily things again. And now here I am with breast cancer. I was terrified. Terrified that I would die young and with no family of my own.
I had first felt a lump in the shower and cried because I had a bad feeling. I scheduled my appointment with my doctor where she scheduled a mammogram and ultrasound. Several days later, I received a phone call saying that my test results were inconclusive and I was then referred to a surgeon who performed a biopsy. The surgeon had explained that it could take 7-10 days for my results to come back, but I was going to Colorado the next week with my family for vacation, so instead of relaxing I spent the days worrying.
Once I received the results, everything went black. My mom took the phone and talked to the doctor. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my mom. She was there to cheer me up when I began to walk again and now she was with me through my breast cancer journey. For all the women just starting their journey, the secret is to stay positive and surround yourself with the people who love you.
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