Sabrina N.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink

My name is Sabrina and I am 51 years old. I was diagnosed with breast cancer July 17, 2014 at the age of 47. My family has a strong history of breast cancer. I’m the 7th woman to be diagnosed and the first to survive. My mom died of the disease when she was just 46 years old. I was 25 at the time.

I had always been diligent with my mammograms and exams but still did not find the cancer until it was invasive and stage II. There were some early signs that I didn’t know about and a few other things I had always been taught that were wrong. For example, before there ever was a lump, my breast itched horribly for months. That was the cancer! Once I felt the lump, it hurt. I’d always been told if it hurts it’s not cancer. Not true!

When I felt the lump, which was rather large already I made an appointment right away. With my family history the doctor had me come that day. That was a Monday. Tuesday, I had a biopsy and by Thursday I was told I had a highly malignant tumor that was aggressive.

By that next Friday I had my port placed and had my first round of chemotherapy.

I had 6 rounds of chemotherapy along with a year of targeted treatment. I had both breasts removed on Dec 11,2014. Losing your hair and losing your breasts are very hard things to deal with as is the chemo itself. I always called it my life saving poison. Before this I had barely taken ibuprofen, so my body didn’t take it well at all. Thankfully I have a very supportive family that has helped me every step of the way which made it all bearable. You truly don’t know how strong you are until you have no choice.

I’m now cancer free and will reach my 5 year mark this July! Cancer is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m so thankful for the research that brought us the targeted therapies for certain types cancers because without them I would not be here, cancer free, today.

My first grandbaby was born this past November and I’m here to spoil him! I can’t quite put into words how great that feels! I kicked cancers butt and I only hope I honor those who died before me by living life to its fullest and by giving back whenever I can.

All you women reading this please remember, early detection saves lives. Be diligent! I still feel that my diligence caught it earlier then I might of without it. Breast Cancer does not have to be a death sentence…. I’m living proof!

-Sabrina N.