In the spring of 2009, I felt a lump in my breast but ignored it.  “That could not happen to me” I immediately thought.  Besides, life was too busy and was going as I always planned; my youngest son was graduating high school and moving to college while my other son was close to giving me my first grandchild.

In November of that year, I could feel that the lump had grown.   I finally went to the doctor and had it checked.  After multiple tests and a biopsy, I was diagnosed with Stage III Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (IVC) breast cancer.   My lump had grown quickly to 14 centimeters.  To shrink the cancer before surgery, I first went through four rounds of chemotherapy.  Then I had a radical mastectomy, followed by another three rounds of chemo and 36 rounds of radiation.

In September 2010, I was in remission.  Seven years later, I am still doing amazing and living life to the fullest.  I love life and new adventures.  In the last three years, after living a very inactive life, I committed to bettering myself.  I have lost 65 pounds.  I am a proud member of the “Breakfast Club” (6 am class) at CrossFit Murphy.  I love to run.  When I began working out, I set many personal goals.  I have not only achieved many of these goals, I am able to do things that I would have never imagined I could do during my fight with cancer.  One of my proudest moments post cancer is finishing my first half marathon.

Being a seven year survivor, I am a big advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness and urge everyone not to ignore lumps.  Cancer is a horrible disease and I’m so blessed to have won my fight against it. God is so good and I am living proof of that.

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