Comeshia Diagnosed at 39

"Cancer taught me so much. I know now that I am strong and a fighter. I had cancer. Cancer NEVER had me!"

I had cancer but cancer never had me! I thank God for sending an excruciating pain through my right breast on July 19, 2016, 6 months after having a normal mammogram. The pain was so sharp that it woke me and I immediately did a self-exam. After finding a lump I made an appointment with my doctor. On August 5, 2016, at the age of 39, I received a call at work telling me I had infiltrating ductal carcinoma in my right breast. I was terrified but also felt blessed that it was found and steps were taken to get rid of it.

I made the decision to have a bilateral mastectomy followed by chemotherapy. I also decided to remain FLAT. I did not have reconstructive surgery. I had treatments every other Thursday from October 6th through January 12, 2017. Prior to starting chemo I was empowered to shave my head. Shaving my head was my way of telling cancer that I was it charge of my healing. I was blessed to have family, friends, and a wonderful staff at West Cancer Center cheering me on.

Cancer taught me so much. I know now that I am strong and a fighter. I learned the importance of listening to my body and focusing on what’s really important in life. Since being diagnosed, a double mastectomy, and chemotherapy, I have become a Reach to Recovery mentor so that I can help other women who are faced with breast cancer. I had cancer. Cancer NEVER had me!

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