Hello beautiful people,
My name is Rosy, I'm 47 years old, Mother of a wonderful 17-year-old daughter, widow and a breast cancer thriver.
My journey with cancer happened in 2017.
Let me first say that as soon as I turned 40, I did my first mammogram and faithfully did my physical exams, lab work every year on my Birthday so I was always on top of my health.
I had a normal pregnancy, with c-section delivery of an 8lb baby, I breastfeed my child for 6 months and my life was so good. In 2009, we lost my daughter's dad due to a heart attack and for me was a wake up call; I knew I had to take care of my health because I want to be present in my child's life, so in 2010 I transformed my health by eating healthy, exercising faithfully and I lost 60lbs on my own. I was in the best shape of my life when I was 43 years old, I felt energetic, healthy, I was very proud of achieving good health through exercise, eating healthy and discipline.
In order to continue with my new lifestyle of a fit and healthy person, I prayed and prayed for my health, to stay motivated because I wanted to avoid getting diabetes because I saw my father die of diabetes and made it my mission to advocate , and educate my friends to exercise and eat healthy to prevent heart attacks or diabetes.
In 2014, had my annual checkup and everything was good.
In 2015, my nurse practitioner discovered a small lump on my left breast and sent me right away to get it check. I had a mammogram done and it appears that the lump on my left breast was just a cyst and the right breast had some calcification. According to the Doctor the lump was nothing to worry because he assumed that it was due to hormones. "hormonal " I had a biopsy on right breast and calcification on that breast has taken care. I went home trusting the Doctors and I moved on and the lump on the left was there but never dawn on me or the Doctors to biopsy the left breast where the lump was starting to be more palpable.
In 2016, I skip the mammogram because I trusted the Doctors who told me that the lump was just a cyst, so I didn't think much of it so I continued with my life; I ran, I exercise etc.
Unfortunately, the lump started getting bigger, and started to burn a bit. Finally, I listened to my instinct and had to fight the doctor to send me for a biopsy and I finally got the biopsy .
The results came in a my Doctor was the most unprofessional, inhumane to approach me with the news of having cancer. My results were ready two days and took three weeks for this Doctor to tell me I had cancer.
I sight. "This can't have happened to me."but it did happen to me. No family history of breast cancer in my family; I was the first to be diagnosed with cancer in my family. I didn't understand for a long time the breast cancer diagnosis but as I came to learn about it, I came to accept it with dignity.
I was diagnosed in 2017, with triple positive breast cancer, I did genetic testing because I have three sisters and my daughter but it was a blessing that I don't carry the gene because is not genetic but this cancer is aggressive so I was given options to survive. I put all my Faith in God and made the decision to start chemotherapy, surgery with 13 lymph nodes removed, radiation and 1 year of herceptin, 7 years of hormonal therapies.
There are no easy answers to why a woman gets breast cancer and there is no easy way to recover emotionally after a diagnosis . Recovery can be a rocky road, but trusting in God has been my salvation in this long journey. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2.
I hope my story can inspire others and bring back your Faith, your trust, your hope. We are all learning and important lesson in life.
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