Breast Cancer…the words no one wants to hear.
I was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer through an annual mammogram. I had no signs or symptoms, so naturally, the diagnosis came as a complete shock.
Since then, I have been through surgeries to remove cancer, and I have had chemotherapy and radiation to help prevent my chance of recurrence.
Today, 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.
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.
To my family and friends, thank you for your unconditional support and love. It means the world to me.
I am excited about the future - a life of health and wellness, making the most of each day.
I'm proud to announce that R.Riveter will be donating all profits from our Breast Cancer Awareness support tags and a portion of profits from each product in the Think Pink Collection to Breastcancer.org, the very organization that has helped me through this chapter in my life.