Breast Cancer…the words no one wants to hear.
I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer six months ago. I am the 1 in 8 women that we all hear about.
My cancer was found on an annual mammogram. I had no signs or symptoms, so naturally the diagnosis came as a complete shock. The last six months have been a whirlwind - I have had surgeries to remove the cancer, and I have had chemotherapy and radiation to help prevent my chance of recurrence.
I am sharing my story with you to encourage breast cancer awareness.
Breast self-exam should be part of your monthly health care routine, and you should visit your doctor if you experience breast changes. If you're over 40 or at an elevated risk for the disease, you should also have an annual mammogram physical exam by a doctor. The earlier breast cancer is found and diagnosed, the better your chances of beating it.
After sharing my diagnosis, one of the first things my doctor told me to do was to go to Breastcancer.org, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast health and breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives. This website has been very helpful to provide reliable, complete and up-to-date information about breast cancer. The Community section of the website has been my favorite resource - it is a place for people affected by breast cancer to come for support, encouragement, and compassion.
To my husband and children, thank you for being there for me each and every day. I love you more then you will ever know.
To my family and friends, thank you for your unconditional support and love. It means the world to me.
To Team Riveter, thank you for your grace and understanding. You have empowered me to work through this time and I am so grateful.
Some people have said, "How do you stay so positive"? The truth is I have had good days and bad days. For me being able to communicate how I feel and then move on is very important. If you ever find yourself going through a challenging time I encourage you to reach out to others.Whether it is with family, friends, coworkers or an online community. You do not have to go through difficult times alone.
I am excited for the future, a life of health and wellness, making the most of each day, and being there for those in need.
Today, I can tell you that this month means more to me than it ever has before. I’m proud to announce that R.Riveter will be donating all profits from our pink Breast Cancer Awareness support tags to BreastCancer.Org, the very organization that has helped me through this chapter in my life.