My name is Gail. I am a seven year cancer survivor!
Breast Cancer Behind the Badge. Hi! My name is Gina Stewart; I am a police officer and have been since February 14, 1991, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer on February 14, 2006.
As I was showering on May 7, 1997 to get ready for my daughter's birthday party, I felt a lump under my left arm.
On May 21st, 2007 I was diagnosed with stage 3, invasive infiltrating ductal carcinoma of the left breast.
About 2 years ago, I sat down to nurse my new daughter and turned on the Today Show. One of the guests that day was Tour de France champion, Lance Armstrong, with his wife and new baby. Lance developed testicular cancer over 4 years ago while training for the Tour de France. When discovered, it had spread to his lungs and his brain. He went on to fight the fight and won the battle. Two years later he won the Tour de France and just 2 years ago became a father to a beautiful baby boy.
My husband found the lump in mid-November. At first I was too scared to even think about it. I finally got the courage to set up the appointment with my gynecologist.
My story is different than a lot of people because my cancer was not found because I felt a lump, but because I did not.
At 29, I had a husband and a 1 year old boy, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
When I was 20 years old, my sister Tracy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Before that day, I thought only older women got breast cancer. It was incomprehensible to me that my young, vibrant sister – mom to a one year old son, only 32 years old – could have breast cancer. What I didn’t understand before that day and what I know all too well now is that young women can and do get breast cancer.