A journey through self-examination
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in your life, I would love to hear from you. Whether you are female or male, it is important your voice is heard. I am working on a personal project close to my heart, in hopes that I can help people feel empowered to tell their story. If you have a moment, I would love to hear about your journey through whatever struggles and triumphs you may have faced.
To tell this story is in honor of my mom and in memory of my mother-in-law. My mother found her breast cancer a month after a clean mammogram, and if it was not for her finding it, the doctors said that she would have not been alive for her next screening. My mother-in-law, however, was not as fortunate. Her breast cancer took a unique route and could not be seen on a mammogram. Instead, it traveled straight to the lymph nodes in her neck, causing pain that made her think she had a pulled muscle. After months and months of treatment for what she thought was a stiff neck stemming from her cervical ribs, she met with a specialist. He told her he was worried that the pain was not being caused by her cervical ribs, but instead by breast cancer. Fourteen months later, we said goodbye to one of the most amazing women I have had the pleasure of knowing.
A little about me. My name is Dana and I am 33 years young. I am a wife and a mother to a little girl, boy, and two pups. Breast cancer has always been a large part of my life and has affected many of the people closest to me. I have three continuous generations of breast cancer on my maternal side -- my mom, grandmother, and great grandmother. Thankfully, two of the three women are still with us today. On my paternal side, my grandmother had breast cancer, but I cannot date it back any further than her. I personally found a benign fibroid noma when I was 17 years old. I can remember that day like it was yesterday. Giving myself a self examination in the shower before bed changed the rest of my life. It sent my family and me on a whirlwind of an adventure with many tests. Some pointed to breast cancer, but the doctors felt confident that it was not because of my age. As a family, we decided to operate as the lump grew larger every day and thankfully after surgery, it was confirmed to be benign.
Being a young mom, I feel it is important for these stories to be heard. I feel it is important to hear from both men and women who have had similar experiences to me in order to help our younger generations stay informed and aware. If you have a moment, I would love to hear from you by filling out the survey below.