Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor
Twist on Cancer: Getting a cancer diagnosis in your 30s is never on anyone's five-year plan. Especially someone who has a one year old. Yet, I found myself in that exact situation. I was told it was a problem from breastfeeding and not to worry but was still sent out for further testing.
What was to be a simple ultrasound turned into a very thorough image of both breasts and a mammogram. Apparently, it was time to start worrying! I received 16 rounds of chemotherapy and had a double mastectomy with reconstruction. I had a complete response to chemo and thankfully didn't need radiation.
I was lucky to meet my mentor very early on in my diagnosis. Having someone who knew what I was going through and could answer my questions truthfully was something I'll forever be grateful for. I knew that I needed to pass on what I had learned to others, so with the help of my mentor and another woman who was diagnosed just weeks after me, we started a local online and in-person support group. This group allows me to give back in a way that was so incredibly helpful to myself in the same situation. My twist on cancer was to find the positive amongst all that bad and create a safe space for other women.