I am a Breast Cancer Survivor. When I wrote that statement on my computer screen, it scared me. I can’t believe how hard it was to go through, especially the surgery. Recovering physically, emotionally, and mentally was hard too. Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I knew. I know my body and I knew there was something wrong, I just knew.
When I got the call the first time that my mammogram was abnormal, I was scared. The doctor told me it may be calcifications and 80% of women have this. My odds were good, and they told me to enjoy my Christmas. The next mammogram appointment I had was on New Years Eve and I was the last patient of the day. My nurses talked about what they were doing that night. I remember feeling all alone in the waiting room after my mammogram. The doctor finally called me back to look at my x-rays and I was told I had cancer. I was petrified, but not surprised. I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma Stage 0.
There were great options for me because I caught my cancer early. I knew I was lucky and had a huge advantage. I felt like a soldier that was in battle with an enemy called cancer. My strategy was to win and not only win the battle but win it for good. After surgery, I was cancer-free. Recovery took 16 months for me physically. I have gone through many stages of healing with ups and downs. Just knowing I beat cancer is amazing.
I feel like I am the luckiest person on earth. Cancer made me smarter. It made me stop and appreciate everything around me. Things that bother most people don’t bother me. Every day I thank God for my beautiful life that He lets me enjoy. He healed me, I know that, as sure as I am sharing my story.
Then Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.’ (her daughter was healed from that very hour) -Matthew 15:28
Your mind is strong, but it can be fragile too. It only knows the word C A N C E R and knows it’s a bad word. Your mind also doesn’t depict how big or small you have cancer either. I was a Stage 0 yet my mind didn’t think in stages. I never want to forget I had cancer because it made me smarter and taught me how to look after my body through eating right, exercising more, avoiding stress, and negativity.
God works through people, God is God and I suddenly got the urge to write briefly about my journey. I believe God put in my heart the courage to share my story with you. The Holy Spirit knows by me sharing my story it may help another woman reading this article through early detection.
It is so important to go and get your mammogram if you are due. Early detection literally saved my life. If you are reading this article, it maybe a reminder for you to go get your mammogram. God may have sent you to Oak and Lee Magazine for that reason. Just remember early detection saves lives and do not put off your mammogram.