Post # 1
I have been away from these boards for awhile because I have been dealing with a serious crisis. Last fall, I found a breast lump. I was not very concerned about it due to my age (still in my 20s), but I decided to see the doctor anyway. I’m very glad I did because in the end, I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. The past few months have been really hard. I am in the middle of six months of chemo, then I will have surgery, radiation and hormonal therapy. I had to leave the job and city I loved to move back in with my parents. I’m exhausted all the time from the chemo, although I am lucky enough not to have many side effects. On the bright side, this finally made me absolutely sure that my Boyfriend or Best Friend was the one and we got married a month ago.
Breast cancer in young women is rare but when it happens, it tends to be much more aggressive. That is why it’s important to know what your breasts feel like, what is normal and not normal and to get any changes checked out ASAP. And a lump is not the only potential sign of cancer. Other signs include dimpling or puckering of the skin, discharge or blood from the nipple, retraction of the nipple, a thickening of the breast, a breast that is swollen or inflamed and skin changes. Also remember to check your armpits and get any lumps or changes there checked out. The great majority of the time, those things aren’t cancer, but if they are, taking action could save your life
I keep a fairly healthy diet, I exercise, I’ve never smoked, I do have family history but no one had it before 50. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. So check your breasts and report any changes to your doctor. If your doctor doesn’t take you seriously (some don’t if you’re young) then find a new doctor!
Post # 2
Oh gosh, I am sorry you are going through this. I am sure glad you listened to your gut and got this checked out. Congratualations on your marriage. I wish you a lifetime of health and happiness once you are through this ordeal.
Post # 3
I’ve known a couple girls from my HS that had it in their early 20s (20-23) so I always knew it was possible and not really that uncommon, but it’s always terrible to hear of it happening. Good luck with your treatments and congrats on the wedding!
Post # 4
I’m so sorry for all you’re going through, and thank you for posting such an important reminder for all.
Best of luck with your treatments and wishing you only good health going forward!
Post # 5
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I’m sorry you are going through this, and wishing you a speedy recovery! My Mom just finished her chemo after being diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in October; it’s deinitely made me more aware of monitoring my own breasts.
Post # 6
Thanks for all the good wishes.
And one more Public Service Announcement – for those of you over 40, get those mammograms! Don’t skip any. My mom went through breast cancer too but because she was so digilent about her mammograms they caught it super early and she had very easy treatment. Just a lumpectomy, radiation and hormonal meds, no chemo.
Post # 7
worldtraveler: I am so sorry you are going through all this and thank you for sharing your story <3
I’ve never discounted it in my life (31 now) because I have family history of it. Also, I have a close male friend who had prostate cancer in college. Anything can happen and early detection is key. *prayers* 🙂
Post # 8
worldtraveler: you are so very strong and I wish you a speedy and full recovery. Thank you for sharing your story with us – I have seen cancer take several young people with no bad habits in the past few years and it is devastating. You are so right, people shouldn’t wait to see their doctors until they have symptoms – starting treatment even months sooner could make a difference!