My Journey with Breast Cancer

I encourage every woman out there to get their yearly mammogram. I have been getting them since I am 40 and this past year on Dec 20th ,2008 I had an abnormal mammogram. After further testing, I was told on Feb 24th 2009 that I had DCIS, which is an early form of Breast Cancer. I did a lot of research and opted for a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction surgery. I am now 45. My sister who is 9 years younger than me, asked her Dr if she could have a baseline mammogram because of my diagnosis, and he said sure why not. Well guess what? She also has DCIS and it was caught on her mammogram as well. Neither of us had any palpable lumps or masses. We were both diagnosed from mammograms. She is opting for the same surgeries that I had. I am so glad that I had my yearly mammogram, because not only did I save my life, I saved my sister's life as well. So ladies, please get your yearly mammogram. It could save your life and the life of someone you love. Sincerely Bonnie Mietelski Be Aware, support the cause!
Bonnie Mietelski
Hamburg, PA