I found a lump in my right breast Feb 2019.
The mammogram did not indicate it the day I went. I had dense breasts. My GP had requested an ultrasound along with the mammogram. The breast clinic declined the request.
I left concerned but was reassured that my age 51 it was most likely a cyst. I had a cyst in my left breast found on my annual mammogram in 2017. I went for a core biopsy and the cyst was no longer there. The breast clinic reviewed my previous mammograms.
I had mastitis 10 years prior and felt that everything was fine. Fast forward. Ten months later, I found the same lump in my right breast, this time it had invited friends.
I was diagnosed with stage 1 IDC. Mastectomy was my only option.
Given my previous experience, I insisted that my left breast would be removed at the same time. The girls took early retirement. I had no interest in reconstruction. You can’t recreate the past. I had to advocate for myself to get my double mastectomy and researched flat closure. I showed my surgeon the results I was expecting and that I planned on being topless on the beach. My beach days generated interest with CBC. A local reporter interviewed and filmed me on the beach. My interview went international. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. It prompted a second interview about how my first interview impacted, inspired many people, other survivors and women just starting their breast cancer journeys.
I am a positive person and always feel there are silver linings that arise from the direst situations. Breasts don’t define women. Society views them as a woman’s calling card. I have never worried about what others think. Living life flat and cancer free is ok for me. Looking forward to each day and taking one day at a time.
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