“It is my goal to stay healthy for the rest of my life”
Mary was relieved and excited when her annual mammogram came back clear in March of 2012. However, in April, she found a lump in her left breast. She was quickly sent for a biopsy which unfortunately came back cancerous. An MRI showed that she had cancer in both breasts. She made the decision to have a double mastectomy in July. Based on the MRI results, Mary’s doctors knew the lymph nodes on her right side were positive. After her surgery, Mary found out that the lymph nodes on her left side were cancerous as well. In August, Mary had to go back for another surgery to have more lymph nodes removed.
Following surgery, Mary has undergone chemotherapy. Her last session is December 27th. Mary will then follow with five weeks of radiation and a minimum of five years of hormone therapy. She hopes to have reconstruction in 2014.
Mary attributes her survival to self-breast exams. She believes that it is so important for everyone to do their self-exams, and not just rely on mammograms. Mary’s life has changed in that she has to be very aware of what she puts into her body. With everything she does, she makes sure to do it well because she never knows if it will be her last chance. She is extremely happy to be able to spend time with her first grandson and it is her goal is to stay healthy for the rest of her life.