Imagine being 17 and finding a lump in your breast. Well, that’s exactly what happened to Robin in 1991. She was just a teenager, but she already was in a battle for her life that she didn’t know about yet. She then received the dreaded diagnosis — breast cancer.
“Well, there goes my hair,” was the first thing she remembered thinking on that fateful day. She had beautiful waist-length hair that she was definitely not ready to see go just yet.
Robin says she felt entirely detached from the experience; everything about it was foreign, from the foreign substance that had invaded her tissues to the foreign feeling of having a doctor tell her that she’d be having a double mastectomy right away and that a week after her diagnosis, she wouldn’t have breasts anymore.
But this brave lady handled surgery and chemotherapy admirably and went on to win her cancer battle. Now, 20-some years later Robin is doing well, and is a proud mom of three.
In the following clip, Robin talks about her initial reaction to the diagnosis. Take a look!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?