Hi! My name is Susan, I am married to the love of my life, Kevin. I have two beautiful children and their spouses. Plus, one handsome grandson, Trevor. In July of 2004, at the age of 32 years old, I discovered a lump on my right breast. I did not think much about it because I am prone to cysts. I kept a close eye on it to be sure it didn’t grow because I had an appointment with my family doctor for a physical. In September of 2004, I went in for my appointment and I showed her the lump. She immediately sent me for a mammogram and ultrasound. I recall that day like it was yesterday. I remember my doctor walking into the room I was in and I knew by the look on her face something was wrong. She looked at me with tears in her eyes and informed me that my test results showed cancer. I sat there trying to soak in the words that were being told to me …. CANCER! I stepped out to call my husband and inform him what was going on. I went back up to the doctor office where she had immediately gotten me in to see a surgeon for a biopsy. This was all happening towards the weekend, so the wait was very stressful. The following week my husband and I went in for the test results …. the crazy thing was my biopsy came back negative to CANCER BUT my surgeon didn’t believe it! He told me I could wait to have surgery, that I could have it in a week or month. I told him I wanted it removed ASAP! So, the next day I went into surgery to have this lump removed! Before surgery, my surgeon came in and asked if it was cancer could they go ahead and put a port in for my chemo. I told him yes, and I then looked at my husband and told him that he would not need to tell me if I had CANCER because I would put my hand over on my left side and could feel if there was a port placed. I didn’t want to have him tell me if it was CANCER. When I woke up from my lumpectomy surgery, which took a few hours, I remember feeling the port and promising God that if HE allowed me to live …. I would give HIM all the glory and go help others by sharing my story and being there for others. My next step was to tell our 2 children, who were 12 & 13 years old, that I had Stage 2 Breast Cancer. It was the hardest thing I have ever done …. we cried and cried BUT I told them I WAS NOT GOING ANYWERE!! I WAS GOING TO FIGHT WITH ALL I HAD!!!! Around the middle of October 2004, I had my first of four rounds of chemo. Then towards the end of January 2005, I would go for 33 rounds of radiation treatment. I was determined that I was going to win this battle of Breast Cancer!
I am happy to say that this year I am celebrating 15 years as a SURVIVOR!!!!! And I will be doing my 5th Susan G Komen Walk …. raising awareness and money to help others with the fight against Breast Cancer.
Thank you for allowing me to share my story! I LOVE my story and wouldn’t trade it for anything! I have been truly blessed!