Khim's Breast Cancer Story

I was diagnosed the summer of 2016 at 35 years old after finding a tiny lump in my right armpit in the shower.

After a mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy, it was determined that I had PR+ ER+ invasive ductal carcinoma. I was in good health kept a mostly healthy diet, was mom to two healthy kids that I breast fed, no family history, it didn't make sense.

According to my doctor it was caught fairly early and would only require a lumpectomy and possibly hormone therapy. After my lumpectomy I was told that the cancer was behaving differently than expected and my treatment would need to be re-evaluated.

I went to my OB-GYN to explore my birth control options and discovered that I was pregnant! This explained the odd behavior of the cancer cells. I was told that the best option and most likely recommendation would be to terminate so that I could begin treatment.

As I stared at that heartbeat on the ultrasound monitor, I no longer felt afraid about my diagnosis and the future. I knew I wanted to keep the baby.

I found a new medical team that supported my decision and I had double mastectomy at 16 weeks pregnant. After a designated amount of surgery recovery time I began 4 rounds of Chemo (doxyrubicin) I had a month break and then I was induced in April of 2017.

I gave birth to a healthy happy baby girl! I got a few weeks to enjoy my newborn and then had to do 12 more rounds of chemo (taxol) followed by 30 doses of radiation.

On June 28th, 2017, I got the call that my scans showed no cancer!! I am now 1 & 1/2 years cancer free. I completed DIEP Flap reconstruction in May and am learning to accept this new figure of mine.

While it was the hardest thing I've ever done, I am thankful that I had my faith, family,and the health of my baby to focus on as extra motivation to fight with every ounce of my being.

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