At age 34 I was in the best shape of my life. I had had my 2nd baby just over a year earlier and was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I worked out at least an hour daily and was very active. During a self-breast exam I found a marble-sized hard nodule on my right breast.
You're too young for breast cancer, my doctor told me in a most confident tone when I pointed out the lump in my right breast.
My name is Tricia, and I have been living with Stage IV breast cancer since I was first diagnosed in October, 1999, at the age of 26.
My story begins with my mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 1999. I was there with my mother while she had a bilateral mastectomy, worried and also very happy that it was found at the very early stages. Who would have known while I was there at my mother's side that I also had cancer growing in me.
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