I never thought I would have to write about breast cancer in this way again.
I’m always happy and honored to share the story of my battle with this horrible disease to anyone that wants to hear it. Since I was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 at the age of 27, I’ve shared my story numerous times… at charity events, on blogs (including this one ) on TV and to those friends and strangers who faced a similar battle.
I always felt there was a reason I had to go through something so life changing at such a young age. In the past 7 years, I have met some incredibly inspiring men and women who are on a mission to spread awareness of breast cancer, lend a helping hand and work towards finding a cure.
We are a community.
That community that supported me through my initial diagnosis has become larger and stronger.
Those friends that I gave advice to as they fought their battle are now the ones giving ME advice.
So…. here I go again…
Less than 2 months before my wedding to Brent, at a time when we were finalizing details and finally seeing our special day come together, I found a lump.
My soon-to-be husband actually found it by brushing up against me while we were lying in bed one night. It was small but quite painful.
November 18, 2016 – I got the call.
Ellen McCarthy, a reporter for The Washington Post, did a wonderful job telling my story here.
I was in South Florida with my mom, about to go check on the progress of my dream wedding dress but spent most of the morning making phone calls. First, to Brent to break the news, (I so desperately needed a hug from him at that moment) then to the hospital to set up appointments.
In the 3 weeks leading up to our wedding, while Brent and I were supposed to be finalizing decor and music and food, we spent many hours in hospital waiting rooms, talking with specialists and having tests done.
It was during this time that those feelings I felt in the summer of 2009 all started to rush back.
It wasn’t the feeling of being scared.. I knew this cancer didn’t stand a chance.
It was a feeling of being consumed and overwhelmed.
Appointments, information, the unknown and simply telling our loved one’s the news.. that was the most daunting.
However, we vowed not to let any of this overshadow our wedding excitement.
While we may have gotten a little choked up during the “in sickness and health” portion of our wedding vows the diagnosis was the furthest thing from our minds.
We closed out 2016 with the most incredible night of our lives with all of our loved ones celebrating right there with us. The night (the whole week in fact) couldn’t have been more perfect!!