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Photographer & Founder, Pink Lemonaid
How did you discover you had cancer?
I was an avid self-checker for years. My mom passed away from breast cancer when I was 18 and my father is an OB/GYN, so I knew the importance of breast health. Even though I never expected to get cancer, I was always very aware of checking. I had no idea what I was looking for per se, but I knew my tissue well enough to know when something was different. In December of 2014, I was laying in my bed and I happened to rub the side of my chest and felt something different-- something that I hadn’t felt even several weeks prior. It had a marble like texture and was definitely a small lump.
I didn’t think too much about it at first. My husband and I went out of town for the Holidays and when I returned it was still there. I remember having him feel it and I think that was when it got into both of our heads that I needed to check it out.
Long story short, I was referred to a clinic to get an ultrasound done on the lump. I found out that it was not only abnormal, but there were two lumps-- one in my breast and one in my lymph nodes. Within a few hours, I had a mammogram, ultrasound and two biopsies...