Life Changing Mammogram

Eight years ago today will forever be etched in my memory, December 19, 2008. I went for “That Mammogram”.

I talk about it in this link on my Facebook Live video:

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A Peak At The Timeline

It was a normal morning in November of 2008.  I was in the shower getting ready for the day.  I reached for my loofah (bath sponge) and shower gel.  No loofah!  It was across the bathroom in the tub and I was in a hurry so I just put some shower gel in my hand.  As I moved my hand under my right arm, I felt a lump.  I thought to myself…that’s odd.  Then I compared it to the left side and something was definitely different with my right side.  I quickly got dressed and went to work.  I was the only administrator at school that day so I had no other option.  By the time I was able to contact my primary care doctor, I had an appointment for the first week in December.

My primary care doctor sent me for a CAT scan suspecting that it was lymphoma and a mammogram just to be on the safe side.  I just had a mammogram in March and I was very vigilant to get one every year.

Life Changing Mammogram – Eight Years Ago Today

During the mammogram, a lump was detected in my right breast and two suspicious masses in my right axilla (under arm). The radiologists wanted to do biopsies that day but I was in shock.  I can still see myself to this day crouched in the corner of that room as she insisted I get the biopsy right then.  I scheduled a biopsy before I left. In the meantime, I got ready for Christmas and for Paige’s (my eldest daughter) graduation from nursing school. I only told my husband and my dear friend Moe.  They were my immediate support. Eventually I was diagnosed with Stage 3a, Grade III, breast cancer.


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  1. Thank you for sharing your story! It’s easy in the hustle and bustle of life to forget that self-detection is so important. I know I don’t do so well with that myself but I know I need to.

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