My breast cancer scare reminded me how important it is to know my body and talk to my doctor about my risk.
Finding the Courage to Act
I was shocked when I found a pea-sized lump in my breast during my senior year of college. I have no family history of breast cancer, so I had not given much thought to my own risk.
With my mom’s support, I found the courage to get the lump checked out by my doctor. After an ultrasound and biopsy, I found out the lump was not cancerous.
The process was scary, but it gave me a new appreciation for my yearly checkups and reminded me to always pay attention to my body.
Empowering Others to Talk About Health
I was always passionate about educating others about sexual health, but my scare with breast cancer motivated me to become a family nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health.
Through my job, I love that I can empower young women to talk openly with their health care providers.