In 2014, at 29 years old, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. This didn’t come as too much of a shock to me, as my father and brother were both cancer survivors (my brother diagnosed at age 27). During my first bout of treatment, I underwent 3 surgeries, 2 separate port placements, 6 rounds of chemo, 12 additional herceptin infusions, 5 iron infusions due to complications, and 32 radiation treatments. I was also placed on endocrine therapy – a pill I was to take for 5-10 years to decrease the risk of my cancer returning. I was staged at stage I… With a minimal chance of the cancer returning.
In May of 2016, I received the results of an MRI ordered by a wonderful orthopedic surgeon due to pain I’d been experiencing. The results clearly showed bone metastasis. This automatically placed me from stage I to stage IV. Since then the cancer has also metastasized to my liver
I’ve undergone one additional surgery to date, and have cycled through an additional 4 different types of systemic therapy to this point. Living with metastatic breast cancer requires a significant amount of flexibility with one’s lifestyle, as I never really know how I will be feeling on any given day. I am so blessed to have been surrounded by such loving and supportive friends and family during this time. Though the diagnosis and details regarding treatment can be very scary and stressful, my heart overflows with love from all of the kindness and generosity everyone has shared. My life has been beyond blessed, and cancer will never be able to take that away.