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.