This is my Journey .... I had to come to terms with it before I could even bring myself to talk about it. Some of you may have guessed or wondered about my post regarding breast cancer. I was diagnosed with stage 2b HER 2 breast cancer on 12/17/14. You never can quite be mentally prepared to hear the 3 dreaded words, "You have cancer" ... No matter how much you pray, try to psych yourself up, and think positive. I was devastated. So many things ran through my mind, and I could not get my mind to shut up. I went from shock, to disbelief, to questioning why I have it, and there is no family history of it. I later thought, "Why not me"?
I've had fibro cystic breast for as long as I could remember. I was very developed at the age of 10 years old. Because I was so used to being fortunate enough to have somewhat lumpy breast, I would routinely check to see if I noticed any changes in the sizes of the sometimes pebble sized masses. They would come and go as if they were playing peek-a-boo.
As I got older and pregnant with my son at the age of 35, doctors were becoming concerned with different cysts that turned out to be nothing. I thought I knew my body better than anyone else, and would let them know if I found something that was concerning.
Earlier this summer, I felt what I thought was yet another cyst and dismissed it as just more of the same. I knew I would have my annual checkup and mammogram coming up, so I just waited until that time. November 17, 2014 was the beginning of a barrage of test and life changing events yet to come.
The cancer is only in one breast, but I've opted to go radical and have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I never ever want to hear those 3 dreaded words again, and have to go through this process all over again.
Often, I've talked to God and asked him what my purpose in life is. I believe He's answered me by giving me this platform to help other women by encouraging them to not to be dismissive about any changes in their breast like I was, because it could be difference between life and death. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. #ImASurvivor
When I first lost my hair due to the treatment of my breast cancer... I thought it would never grow back. For a few years I struggled with wigs and then I decided to try and grow my natural hair with locs. Well, here I am now with so much hair, so long and heavy.... I need to make a decision! Let me know your opinion and I'll post back with the final results!! If I have the nerve! While you're here, PLEASE remember to visit my story page and choose an organization to support the early detection and prevention of breast cancer!
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When I say "heartbreaking," here's what I mean: according to the American Cancer Society, 1,660,290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013.
The information also shows that cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. That's why I'm riding. To do something BIG about cancer. I hope that you'll share this incredible adventure with me by supporting me in my fundraising efforts.
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