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I guess my story really dates back to September 2015, this was our first appointment with our fertility specialist. My husband and I had a challenging time starting a family. Through surgery and several unsuccessful rounds of treatment we were finally expecting our little miracle! On February 22, 2017 we were very surprised and excited to learn that we were expecting twins! The twins arrived August 31, 2017, 6 weeks early. We were elated to have two healthy boys!
In February 2018, shortly after stopping breastfeeding I found a lump in my breast. I assumed it was a clogged milk duct, but decided to have my OBGYN take a look at it. After some imaging and a biopsy I found out on February 22, 2018 that I had breast cancer. Exactly one year to the day that I found out we were expecting twins I was given the news that I had stage 3 breast cancer. Our boys were only 5 months old when I was given this devastating news. That day, my doctor suggested that I reach out to an employee and survivor at Susan G. Komen East TN. I am so thankful I made that call, I have made a life-long friend and have received so much emotional support through this organization. I had a mastectomy on March 3rd and a Komen grantee was able to provide me a mastectomy shirt, pillow, and package to help me with the recovery process. While I was recovering from this surgery my mother also found a lump in her breast. She was diagnosed with breast cancer as well. I knew sharing my journey with others would help save lives, but I had no idea it would save my mother’s.
Please join my family and me at this year’s Race for the Cure, Saturday, October 27, 2018.