Just another hill to get over, this one’s just a little bit bigger!

As Most of you know, but some of you don’t, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on June 2 at the age of 27. For those who understand the medical lingo, it’s stage one infiltrating well-differentiated ductal carcinoma.

First I want to thank everyone for their prayers and gift over the past month. Needless to say, the diagnosis came as a shock. I found the lump a year ago and had it checked out while I was still in Panama City and was told it was just a cyst but postponed surgery because I was moving. After moving to Baltimore, I eventually decided to go ahead and have it taken out. However, after performing an ultrasound they decided to do a biopsy of the lump and a lymph node.

Even then, I didn’t expect the doctor to tell me I had cancer. It was definitely a tough day, so much information and so many emotions came rushing in at once. But I quickly realized that there was no reason to wallow in self pity, so from that point forward I have tried to stay positive and live my life as I normally would.

Over the past month I have been through a series of tests and all the results came back with good news.

Many of you have asked me to keep you updated about my surgery decision and went it will be performed.

My cancer is the left breast and is stage one, and so far hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes..however, the doctor found several benign nodules in my other breast, so to avoid future pokings and prodings at the hands of doctors…and to ease any anxiety I may have for the future I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy.

The surgery is scheduled for July 1st at John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Despite being away from my family, I feel very comfortable and fortunate to be in the hands of some of the very best surgeons in the world at Hopkins. My family will be here for the surgery and then my mom will stay with me, and do what mom’s do best!!

As many of you know I like to have some sort of plan in place, so I feel so much better now that my surgery is scheduled. However, I still don’t know if I will have to undergo chemo, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t (even though it may be fun to try out new hairstyles every week!)

I know many people are unsure how to act around me, but please feel free to talk to me or ask me about anything. I have the most amazing family, all up and down the east coast, that have helped me get past this roadblock and move forward. And although the situation isn’t ideal, it has amazed me and touched my heart the amount of love, prayers and support I have received over the last month. I am so grateful for all of you! I want to say Thank you, I love you and keep the prayers coming ! :~)

Oh and Ladies, don’t forget to check yourself! I found my lump thanks to a self breast exam! I never would have expected anything like this at age 27, but as I have been doing research I have read more and more stories about young women getting diagnosed, and by then it’s usually stage 2 or 3. I am very lucky to have found mine early, but this is not a disease to be afraid of, just keep checking! Early detection is the key!
Here’s a link educate you!

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_6x_How_to_perform_a_breast_self_exam_5.asp

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