survivor-story

Tammy

“Staying positive is key to pushing past the bad days, when you think you can’t go on, know this – it WILL end!”

I was originally diagnosed with DCIS Breast Cancer in February of 2017. I immediately decided to have a double mastectomy to avoid going through radiation, but two weeks after my surgery the pathology report showed that they had found a second tumor along the wall of my chest. Even after a mammogram, 2 biopsies, an ultrasound and 2 MRI’s they all missed the tumor.

The tumor they found though unfortunately tested HER2+ so now I would need chemo and a year of Herceptin infusions. I was truly devastated and thought that year would never end. The hardest part was knowing that I was a healthy personal trainer. I worked out 6 days a week, ate healthy, didn’t drink, didn’t smoke, got plenty of sleep and had no family history of cancer. I was doing everything right, so why did I get cancer? I became extremely depressed especially once I lost all of my hair – including my eyebrows and eyelashes. But I somehow made it through.

I finally finished all of my treatments in June of 2018, and finally felt like I was able to enjoy life again. My hair is back, I’m working out again, and feel better than ever. I came across iGoPink on Instagram and the support and new connections I’ve made has been so helpful for my life after cancer. I am so thankful and grateful for everything and everyone in my life, my family and friends never left my side and cheered me on the whole way. This whole journey has driven me to help others with their fears and questions about going through treatment and has really given my life more meaning and opened up doors to wonderful opportunities.

For those who are just starting their journey, it’s important to know that you will have bad days. It’s okay to be sad but pick yourself back up and keep fighting. Staying positive is key to pushing past the bad days, when you think you can’t go on, know this – it WILL end! One day you will look back and be amazed at how strong you were!

 

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