My name is Edwina, and I am a breast cancer survivor.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2013. I had no symptoms, nor does breast cancer run in my family.
I had went for my routine women screenings, then headed off to Oregon for my nieces high school graduation. While I was out of town, the doctors office was feverishly trying to get a hold of me. I returned to several voice messages and notices in the mail.
Everything happen quite quickly, almost in a blur.
I had a mastectomy of my left breast on July 23, 2013. I recovered at my mothers. Ironically, that part was easy. Losing my boyfriend of 20 years to a sudden and fatal heart attack just 2 weeks after my surgery was overwhelming and devastating. I rely on my family and my faith.
I now take an inhibitor called Anastrozole. Because I did not have cancer in my lymph nodes, I didn't have to take chemo. I now only have to go to the doctor every six months.
You may have noticed that I stated at the beginning that I am a survivor. I say that because my baby sister is a cancer survivor as well, she had cancer when she was very young. Every time she heard me say "my cancer" she reminded me that after surgery I am cancer free and therefore should always state that I am a survivor.