At 26 years old, single and having the world by the tail, I was living life to the fullest. Just when I thought my life was beginning, I discovered a lump in my breast. The doctor told me that it was nearly impossible to have cancer; I was just too young. After watching my grandmother lose her battle to breast cancer, I went against the doctor’s advice and proceeded with the lumpectomy. Three days later on February 9, 2000, I was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal breast cancer.
“Keep your eye on the ball”, I remember my Dad saying that day in the doctor’s office and from that moment on, it was my motto. Being so young at the time, I was treated very aggressively, undergoing four rounds of chemotherapy. Then 35 radiation treatments followed. To help decrease my chances of any recurrence, I took an oral chemotherapy treatment for and two and a half years.
Has cancer changed me? Ten years later, I am the same person with the same energetic spirit that I had prior to my journey with cancer. Of course it has made me a bit wiser and I treasure each and every day more so than before, not worrying so much about the little things. Now living in Dacula with husband Adam of 8 years, we have 2 sons; Parker who is 6 years old and a busy 15 month old, Grayson who are the light of my life and a daily reminder that miracles do happen.