September 2011 is when I heard the statement, “your cancer cells are positive”. At age 40, with three daughters ages 11, 7 and 6, being diagnosed with stage three triple negative breast cancer is not what I expected to hear. I heard loud and clear what the doctor said.
My mission from that day to this one, was to empower myself with wisdom and knowledge to live. I desire to live a quality life as a mother, a wife, a daughter, a citizen. The journey of more medical tests, scans, biopsies, chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries, different diet regimen and many doctor appointments allowed me to gain knowledge during every visit. I look at every visit as a learning opportunity to explore this illness. Instead of having a pity party, I count my blessings and embrace this different life as it relates to this unexpected diagnosis. I don’t take this diagnosis lightly, however, I don’t allow it to control my emotions either. Being diagnosed with cancer can be very scary.
There are so many unknowns about this illness, however, there are some things that I do know to be certain. One of them is that God has not given me the spirit of fear, so I must stand on the things that I DO know to be true. I believe that by his stripes, I am healed. I have decided to remain positive despite the medical research regarding triple negative breast cancer.
I am grateful to be connected to an awesome group of medical professionals at Augusta Oncology. Being connected to a community oncology facility has been wonderful. It’s like being a part of a stable family. My goal is to continue to learn as much as I can about how to defeat this battle with cancer. I intend to share my experiences with as many people as possible and to offer hope in the lives of others.