Today is Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day~March 3rd~I bet you didn’t know that!
I am almost two years out (celebrating March 30) from my last chemo treatments. It seems like ages ago. My hair grew back, my body is strong, but I’m still not sure I even processed the whole experience. For awhile I couldn’t even talk about it. But I knew with time I would be able to help others – I know we are called to do that with the crosses we bear.
Here’s what I want you to know-
Never was breast cancer on my radar.
I had no risk factors. I had as far opposite as one can get when it comes to risk factors.
I had a “clean” mammogram in January. I found the lump by accident in September. It was already the size of a ping pong ball. But I only found it because I had lost weight due to some other circumstance.
Triple Negative is rare and grows fast and hasn’t been researched as much as the other kind of BC. It requires lots of hard chemo. I had four rounds of “red devil” and 12 rounds of other chemo. I lost my hair after the second chemo session. I ended up needing lots of hydration and one transfusion. By the time I was ready for surgery in April (mastectomy) I looked like I survived a concentration camp.
Get your mammograms! On time! And ask to go to the place with the newest technology even if you have to pay extra (don’t get me started on how ridiculous that is!)
Do breast exams! At least once a month. Ask you OB to show you how.
I consider myself not strong or brave or a survivor, just lucky.