Geek Girl is a tech nerd & breast cancer survivor. Cancer Free Radio is featuring me so I want to tell you my story with the hope that it will help and encourage you or someone you know. There is also a link on CancerFree123 that will lead you to their main site. Please Tweet it and share it and help spread the word.
And now the story behind the reason I am being featured on Cancer Free Radio…
When I was just 32 years old I was diagnosed with breast cancer. That alone is not remarkable. How it happened is something worth noting.
I had just had a mammogram and it was fine. Nothing showed up. My family history is full of breast cancer and death as a result of it. I swore I would not let that happen to me. Not only do I get regular mammograms, but I do a self check regularly. It was just weeks after my mammogram and the ‘all clear’ when I found the lump. So I immediately made an appointment to get it checked out. The radiologist I saw told me that I was too young for it to be cancer. I will not tell you what I think of him. I went on to see a surgeon who did a biopsy. It was cancer and it had already begun to attach itself to the muscle beneath it. Given my family history I chose to have a modified radical mastectomy.
My oncologist told me that the cancer was so small and because I had chosen the treatment I did, no further treatment was necessary.
That was more than 20 years ago and I am still clear today! The moral of the story? You need to be your own health advocate. Be that empowered patient. Absolutely get your mammogram, but do the monthly checks. It could save your life. It saved mine. Listen to your own intuition. If you ‘know’ that something is not right, follow up on it even if they have already told you there is no need to. God bless our health professionals, but they are not perfect.
Today I tell my story whenever I get the chance. It could save someone’s life so I do it willingly. I hope that you take your health seriously and become an empowered patient.
Do you have a story about being an empowered patient? I would love to hear about it.