This is my story:
It seems cliche to say I never thought it would happen to me, but it did. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Grade 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Triple Positive Breast Cancer in February of 2018, after feeling a lump just before Christmas.
Initially my husband, four children and I were not only heartbroken but shocked. There was no history of Breast Cancer in my family.
Once we had a treatment plan in motion it gave us motivation to not just go through it but grow through it. Looking back on 2018 fills me with pride as my family handled everything with grace and grit. They are my why, why I got out of bed every day to fight. Somedays were harder than others to be honest but now we can say, look what we went through and made it to the other side. Through the surgery, chemotherapy and radiation I knew they were there for me always and in all ways.
I will complete my active treatment just a couple of weeks before my eldest son graduates High School. I am grateful to my medical team, friends and family who saw us through it all and with any luck I will see my daughter and twin boys graduate too and reach all the milestones that a mother longs to see.
In the year that has passed so many things have changed. I look forward to being active again on our farm, with calving season on the horizon and haying, it will not be lost on my husband and I that the year I had to take off only made us stronger. We can begin to thrive not just survive.
As a Breast Cancer Survivor I feel it’s important to educate the women in my life to do self- breast exams monthly, tell your doctor of any changes and not think it can’t happen to a woman in her 40’s. I have made it my mission to raise awareness for Breast Cancer and all the different types there are. Early detection is key to survival.