Saturday, September 19, 2015

JENNIE: BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR

JENNIE: BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR
The idea of ​​breast cancer was not new to me when I felt a little ball in my breast three months after having missed my appointment for a mammogram in 2000 (my cousin was treated for breast cancer and have participated in treks to raise funds for the fight against the disease). I did not think it would happen to me, so wait a few weeks before calling my doctor. He sent me to get a mammogram and found a lump in my breast. They had a biopsy, which gave a positive result. She informed me that maybe I should not continue with my plans of starting a new job. Although I was surprised, take it easy.

I had a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, followed by eight sessions of chemotherapy and six daily sessions of radiation. My cancer was aggressive-a 2.5 cm tumor nine affected lymph nodes. When I found out this information, was I understood the seriousness of my illness. I had read about breast cancer and wise than ten lymph nodes that meant he was in serious trouble (this was in 2000, before the sentinel node biopsies were held) Here I was very close, with nine nodes. It was like a slap, I cried like a baby.

I was always proud of my beautiful hair and instead of waiting for my hair to fall, I'd shave and put on a wig. My hair grew back, but it was different. My body became more sensitive after treatment. I often wonder, what are the long term effects of these treatments and medicines.

I wrapped myself in my SHARE after surgery. I helped because I could talk to other people who were survivors of breast cancer. That, along with a positive attitude and my faith was what helped me to pull myself together.

I am now a volunteer at the Line of SHARE and I feel great to be. At the end of a conversation with a woman almost always it feels calmer, less fearful than before, and grateful for the support and information. I facilitate a support group of LatinaSHARE program in East Harlem. It gives me great satisfaction to let other women know they are not alone in their fight against cancer. I encourage you to ask your doctors questions, something I did not do much but it's important. I participated in the annual conference of the Coalition Against Breast Cancer (NBCC) in Washington, DC where I have the opportunity to lobby on Capitol Hill.

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