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During a soccer game, I was hit in the breast with a soccer ball and thought nothing of it, until the following day. My breast was still abnormally tender and I found a lump under my nipple, so I immediately went to my Doctor. From there I was sent directly for a mammogram, breast ultrasound and biopsy. On February 14, 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through several more tests.
The process used to find out whether the cancer has spread within the breast or to other parts of the body is called staging. The information gathered from the staging process determines the stage of the disease. Understanding the stage is required in order to plan treatment. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 – Level 3 Breast Cancer.
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With facts in hand and after careful consideration, I decided to undergo a double mastectomy which took place March 17, 2014, St. Patrick’s Day. I like to joke and say, “I lost my paddies on St. Paddy’s Day.” On April 01, 2014 I started my first of 21 rounds of chemotherapy treatments and I am currently in my 18th round. Radiation was also required which I started September 28, 2014 for a period of 6 weeks, ending on the 6th of November.
This journey has been difficult emotionally and physically, but family, ESPECIALLY MY MOM, friends and my community provides amazing support. Needless to say, without the strength, support, comfort and encouragement of family, friends and community, this journey would be much different.
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