I'm a Breast Cancer Survivor
Chapter 1- Battling Breast Cancer
With two wonderful children ages 4 and 2 in 2008.  Had it not been for
the support of my husband and family, I don't how I would of made it
through this difficult time.

The Beginning:

On May 9, 2008, I was diagnosed with a Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS),
a form of Breast Cancer that starts in the milk ducts. Since my Mother
was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 40 and passed away
from Ovarian Cancer at the age of 54, I was considered "high risk".

When it comes to Cancer, age does not matter.

Early Detection:

Had it not been for the pro-active nature of my Doctor's, prescribing a
regimen of annual Mammogram's and MRI's, my Cancer could have gone
undetected for a longer period of time. The reason I am so confident that
this would have gone undetected is because my Mammogram's never
indicated the presence of Cancer.  It was only as a result of an MRI, that
we first learned that I might have Breast Cancer.

If you are considered "high risk" and are not being screened with an
MRI, then you should speak with your Doctor.

At the age of 34, I never imagined that I NOW had Breast Cancer. There
were some very difficult decisions that had to be made but, we made
them.  After all, I have two children and two breasts.  My two children
are much more important to me than my two breasts.

The Outcome:

I have since undergone a bilateral Mastectomy with immediate
reconstructive surgery.  In September 2008, I had my last surgery to
finish the reconstruction process.  I am also happy to report that the
latest results from my pathology reports show that I am Cancer Free.

This has been some experience, but I would like thank everyone who
has helped me in my time of being scared and feeling alone.