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SSPW March Madness Winner #37

I want to tell my story to encourage others to advocate for themselves!

I found a lump December 2018, in my right breast. In January I went to my ob gyn who told me that it was just a muscle in my chest wall that seemed to be a little inflamed. I was 39 at the time, months away from turning 40 so they went ahead and gave me a script to get a mammogram Since there didn't seem to be any urgency, I waited until the end of the month to get my mammogram done. But in radiology I could tell that things quickly went downhill. They told me that I needed to have a biopsy done as soon as possible. After an MRI while waiting for biopsies, two more lumps were found in the same breast. I went to a breast surgeon who quickly did biopsies, and in February I was diagnosed with stage one Lobular Breast cancer. I chose to have a double mastectomy. I thought thing were going to be easy, pretty cut and dry at that point. No chemo needed. Maybe no radiology.

In April I had a double mastectomy with expanders placed. But, pathology from my mastectomy and lump node removal shows cancer in the lymph node's. So, stage 2. I had 4 rounds of AC, 12 of Taxol and 25 rounds of radiation. Finally last August I had my expanders switched for implants.

In December I got really sick with a high fever and severe inflammation of my right breast. I had a 3 day hospital stay with a quick surgery to remove and clean the location. I still only gave one breast today, and am deciding what I'm going to do next.

But, I had a PET last month and I am cancer free.

It's quite the journey! One important thing is to advocate for yourself! ~ Carey

Congratulations winner #37. 🥳


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