I am 36 years old and I am fighting my second battle with cancer.
I am a born and raised Alaskan Native, I grew up in Sand Point and am the second oldest of four children.
Here is my story:
I remember when I was 15 and battling with ovarian cancer. I was going through chemotherapy and I wish I could recall the feelings and emotions I was going through. I'm sure it crossed my mind "will I be able to have kids" but I was 15. I just wanted to make it to the next day and be with my siblings and family. I HOPED, I FOUGHT, AND I WON.
10 years went by and I was in love with a man who tried to provide me with the world AND that he DID. I was able to get pregnant and give birth to my daughter Vega who is now 10 years old and the apple of my eye. I couldn't thank GOD enough for blessing me with Johnny (husband) and Vega. 3 years ago I lost my husband and that led me to be the single parent I am today. But I held it together for my daughter and I knew that we were going to be okay because I won the battle of ovarian cancer that GOD threw at me and I knew that even though he took my husband, I knew that he wouldn’t give me something I couldn’t survive.
I HOPED, I FOUGHT, AND I WON because I do twice the work, I take on twice the stress and twice the tears, hugs, love and pride.
In April 2013 I noticed a change in my areola (nipple area). I had it looked at and nothing was found but an infection that healed on its own. I was relieved and my mind was put to rest. November came along and I still had the change and I still didn’t seem right so I went back to the doctor. They ordered both a mammogram and ultra sound of the area; both test showed SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
In December I had a biopsy of the area and it came back as invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer). At that moment I was informed I had two weeks (TWO WEEKS) to decide if I wanted a partial removal or full removal of the breast. As most of you know, I choose the full removal.
During the operation they did another biopsy of the lymph nodes that they removed and found cancer had spread into 3 out of the 22 lymph nodes. The doctors recommended chemotherapy which I am now doing a total of 4 treatments; 1 every 21 days.
“How did I get this?”
“How long will it take to get through this?”
I’m tired, I feel totally bummed at times, and I just want to hide until it’s all done.
The funds raised here will help me provide for myself and my daughter. I will be able to have days off from work that will allow me to just rest and get through this bump in the road (AGAIN). Thank you for hearing my story.
I HOPE, I FIGHT, I WILL WIN AGAIN