As most of you know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer on January 3, 2017. I didn't have a lump in my breast or any concerns. I just have the greatest OB/GYN (Dr. Gaiser at Women Physicians in OB/GYN) of all time, and her conservative nature recommended I get a screening mammogram at age 35. I have no family history of breast cancer and the genetic testing that was sent showed that I do not have a mutation on either BRCA gene.
My tumor was hormone receptor positive and HER2/neu negative. I had surgery to remove the cancer on February 7, 2017 and it was successful. The tumor was removed with clean margins and my lymph nodes were clear. However, due to the aggressive nature of my tumor, it was recommended that I have a course of chemotherapy. My chemo lasted about 5 months, from March-August 2017. After chemotherapy, I had 30 radiation treatments, which finished at the end of October 2017. I now get a zoladex injection monthly to suppress my ovaries, I take a daily medication called tamoxifen, and I get a zometa infusion every 6 months. I still have lots of appointments, imaging, and follow-up due to lingering side effects, but every day is a little better than the last. Hopefully all of these medicines and interventions will keep my cancer from coming back!
I am so thankful for my loving, supportive husband, my mom, my silly little Will, and SO many loving and supportive friends, family members, and coworkers! You all got me through the toughest year of my life and I am so grateful for all of you. I’m so grateful for all the support I still have from all of you as I navigate survivorship. Thank you for helping me fight!
This year, I registered for the Komen Race for the Cure because I wanted to take action and be More Than Pink™. I want to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer and need your help. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today in support of my fundraising efforts.
Your support helps us get one step closer to a world without breast cancer. 75 percent of the money raised through the Race stays in the community to fund local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. The remaining 25 percent supports groundbreaking breast cancer research.
Together, we are fueling the best science, boldest community and biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer. And we will not stop until this disease is gone forever. That's our promise. Will you please join me in this fight by making a donation today?
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