I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the age of 26.
I was also 28 weeks pregnant. It took me weeks to get a diagnosis because all medical professionals thought I was “young and healthy” therefore couldn’t possibly have cancer.
They were wrong.
My cancer was very aggressive so I elected to have my baby boy, Quinn, via c-section at 32 weeks. Quinn stayed in the NICU for 4 weeks and is now a very healthy and happy baby.
One week after giving birth I started chemotherapy. I had 6 long, painful months of weekly chemotherapy sessions. I lost all of my hair and put on a stack of weight from the steroids. I struggled constantly with low blood counts and was admitted to hospital once for this reason.
A month after chemotherapy finished I had a double mastectomy followed immediately by DIEP reconstruction.
My surgeons were amazing and I am so happy with my results. The pathology came back from my mastectomy as all clear. There was no cancer left in my body - chemotherapy wiped it out.
I am now about to start 6 weeks of targeted radiation therapy (Monday - Friday). My hair is growing back and I’m slowly gaining more energy. I’m looking forward to finishing all treatments and enjoying a long life with my husband and our baby.