I am a forty-seven-year-old mother of two. A month and a half before my wedding, I was diagnosed with very aggressive Stage II Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. How could this be? I just had my mammogram six months earlier. The lump we found couldn’t possibly have been cancer – could it? The news was devastating, as it would be to anyone. It was malignant, and estrogen, progesterone, and HER2 positive.
This news came as I was at my dress fitting with my eleven-year-old daughter. I was told I would need to cancel my wedding because I needed to have a mastectomy immediately. My perfect world was crumbling before my eyes. I was happier than I had ever been; I couldn’t believe this was happening. Through much thought and many tears, I realized that I had two choices: give up, or fight like I’ve never fought before. I chose the latter.
With my two beautiful children and the love of my life by my side, I married the day before my surgery with my closest family and friends in attendance. It’s been a whirlwind ever since. I’m now a little over a year out; I completed my chemo, and am finishing my last Herceptin infusion next week. I will have reconstructive surgery completed by the end of the year, and look out 2013 – here I come!
Early detection IS the key. Do not rely on mammograms alone; I didn’t even know there was a lump. The love of my life saved my life. Get a support system in place immediately; you will need it. I am so very proud and thankful to say that I am a survivor!
Marie Krejci, from Brunswick, OHWhizzco