Since losing my father to cancer at age 58 and my mother to breast cancer at age 48, I have always been aware of breast cancer and vigilant with yearly ultrasounds or mammograms. I am incredibly thankful for understanding the importance of being breast aware because in January 2021, with the world still reeling from the impact of COVID-19, I found a lump in my right breast. I was only two months overdue for my routine check-up.
Everyone goes through their cancer differently. For me, the initial couple of weeks after receiving a diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer were daunting. While I was aware of breast cancer and had been there for my parents’ journey, it was completely new to experience it myself. There was so much information that I struggled to comprehend. I would ask myself “why me, why did I get this?” But, as time went on, I have learned that it’s important to always remember and have trust that you’re in experienced and professional hands.