My name is Desiree and at the age of 39, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer of the right breast. Estrogen and Her2 Receptor Positive. Two weeks prior to diagnosis I found a lump while showering. At the time I didn't think much of the lump. I was too young, it's just a cyst, it's anything but cancer is what I was thinking.
After two weeks of locating the lump every time I showered, I decided to email my doctor. Things happened pretty quickly after that. After many test and biopsies, cancer was confirmed. Our world quickly changed and here we were faced with anxiety and fear.
My husband who is a fixer couldn't fix this. It was then we found our love for the Lord. We were on our knees crying out to him.
Over the next few weeks, we spent most of our time at the hospital. My medical team placed a plan in action. I would first have a bilateral mastectomy, followed by six rounds of chemo TCH and 11 more rounds of just Herceptin. I have never been more scared in my life. The unknown frightened me to my core.
Surgery was a breeze compared to chemo. I remember my first round and how scared I was. I spent the morning in prayer and all of a sudden peace washed over me. It was that moment I realized everything was going to be okay.
I decided to stay in faith and rely on the Lord. Boy did I rely on him. My faith in him is what got me through. Chemo was ugly, it was so hard and tough. I quickly learned I'm tough!
My favorite verse is I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13) I lived in that verse and believed it. To this day this verse is my go to.
I faced cancer and I beat it. This journey is no way simple or easy. It's the hardest thing one will have to do but you can do it. Just believe, ask for strength from whom or whatever you believe in. Please know you are not in this alone. There is hope and peace that comes along the way.
I am now two years cancer free, I beat it and so will you!
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