I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27 after noticing a lump in my breast. When my cancer unexpectedly came back four years later, I advocated for myself to get the best care.
Speaking Up for the Right Care
I knew breast cancer ran in my family and paid attention to my body. Because of this, when I noticed changes in my body, I didn’t let fear stop me from talking to my doctors.
Years after my cancer treatment, I found another lump in my breast that I asked my doctor about. Although he was not concerned, I insisted on getting a scan, which ultimately found cancer a second time.
Standing up for myself helped me get the care I needed.
A Second Diagnosis
Having already removed my breasts and undergone treatment, my second breast cancer diagnosis came as a shock.
Through this difficult experience, I focused on appreciating each day. I set a goal for myself—to study for my state’s bar exam—and passed my exam five weeks after completing treatment.
A Strong Husband-Wife Team
My husband, Jay, stood by my side through both cancer diagnoses. He encouraged me to talk to my doctor after I found the lumps. And, together, we discussed our options for having children with a fertility specialist.
I am grateful for Jay’s support. Now more than ever, we celebrate being a team, including as parents.