How did you find out you had breast cancer?
Last year in September of 2022, I received a mammogram on the Winkley Mobile Mammography bus. My mammogram detected something abnormal and I ended up at Logan Health. After a follow-up, including a biopsy, I was diagnosed with an early, but aggressive Stage 2 breast cancer.
What has treatment looked like for you?
I ended up having the lump removed, followed by four rounds of chemo and six weeks of targeted radiation. On May 30th, 2023, I had a mammogram and it was clear!
What has helped you the most during your cancer journey?
I can’t say enough good things about the medical staff who assisted me through the journey, from detection, explanation of treatment options, support, and treatment from the doctors, nurses and technicians. Thanks to Logan Health’s medical professionals and the services that are available, I am a survivor. Also, I had an amazing support group of family and friends who lifted me up and helped me through this journey.
Do you have any advice for those supporting a loved one with breast cancer?
I appreciated prayers, inspiring notes, check-ins by text, phone calls, or visits when I was going through treatment and recovery and things were so uncertain. My husband, family, and friends helped me at home. I also had friends and family who went with me to the infusion room and in the recovery room after surgery. That encouraged me. Even if you can’t be there physically due to distance (like living in another state), a phone call means so much and goes a long way to show you support your friend.
What encouragement or advice would you give to those fighting breast cancer?
Face the diagnosis. Find out the best path of treatment to conquer the disease and put it behind you. Take the journey one step at a time and don’t get overwhelmed. As you go through the process, reach out for help to ease your side effects. Find joy where you can and take time to rest. Have faith and believe that better days are coming.