Why I am Making Strides
In April 2013 at the young age of 33, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I, like most women, go to their gynecologist for routine exams. This appointment turned out to not be routine, my doctor felt a lump. I immediately went for my first mammogram and breast biopsy, and within two weeks my breast cancer diagnosis was confirmed, and a month later I was on the operating table undergoing a double mastectomy.
It took months to recover from this one surgery, which required weekly visits with my plastic surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC. About a month later I was beginning chemo, which took a significant toll on my body body.
The main chemotherapy drugs were infused over the course of 4 months, with a maintenance medication being administered for a full year. Six months later I was back in the hospital, this time to complete my reconstruction, which required another two months of down time.
When I talk to friends and family about my story, the common response is how strong I am. Well, with two little girls, then 2 and 6, I had no choice. I had plenty of rough patches in the beginning, but now 3 years post surgery, life is getting back to normal for us.
I thank my doctors every time I see them for helping to save my life, and for giving me a chance to see my girls grow up. I couldn’t have gone through this journey without my amazing surgeons, and without the love and support, and help, I had from family and friends.
My reasoning for joining in the fight against breast cancer is extremely personal. I want to help Making Strides so that no other young mother has to endure what I did. I also want this to be the last my daughters hear of breast cancer.
Additionally, I want to help raise awareness regarding how many young women under the age of 40, who do not yet receive mammograms, are diagnosed.