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In an instant, life’s journey took me to an unexpected path. A routine mammogram changed everything. On May 9, 2013, Mother’s Day weekend, I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), often considered the earliest form of breast cancer, in my left breast. It was not a palpable tumor that I could feel with self-exam. After hearing the biopsy results, I was terrified and in shock. Breast cancer is not in my family history and I live a healthy lifestyle. I cook balanced meals, grow many of my own vegetables and shop the farmers market. For the past 25 years, I’ve done cardio and aerobic exercise four times a week.
For five fearful days, I didn’t know how serious it was or what my treatment would involve. When things are uncertain, the mind often finds a way to gravitate to the worst-case scenario. When I met with a breast surgeon, the first thing he said to me was, “You will be okay. You caught this early, this is treatable, and you have options.” Hearing his words snapped me out of my negative thoughts. I could see a future, I would be okay and I could do what I needed to do. (more…)