4th Time Around

I was 25 years old when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. I had no family history of breast cancer and the only reason I caught it was because it was on the outside of my breast. I thought it was some kind of bug bite but after a month it hadn’t gone away so I went to the doctor to have him look at it. He didn’t think it was anything but did a biopsy anyway. The biopsy came back positive for breast cancer. I opted for a lumpectomy with chemo and radiation. He said if I make it 10 years cancer free its a good chance it wasn’t coming back. Sigh of relief when I hit year 10. Well, year 11 I got diagnosed again, same breast. This time they did a mastectomy and chemo. 3 years later, a got breast cancer in my other breast. This time they did another mastectomy and a hysterectomy. They said, let’s get it all that way you don’t have to worry about ovarian cancer. Whew, nothing left, right? So why did I just get diagnosed with cancer again? Did anybody know that you could still get breast cancer after having a double mastectomy? Guess, I’m in that 1%. Anyway, God did it before he’ll do it again. I know I’ll be alright but please stay vigilant in checking yourself and getting your regular checkups, even if you’ve already had mastectomies. Also, please donate to breast cancer research. Things are so much better now with the treatment plan than they were 23 years ago. God Bless!
Lynette
Kansas City, MO