My battle with breast cancer began September 2016. At my annual physical with my gynecologist of 40 year, he detected a small irregular lump in my left breast. After a mammogram and biopsies, I was scheduled for a mastectomy. I also went through genetic testing for the BRCA gene, which was negative. Surgery was successful, and I did not require chemo or radiation. But that was not the end.
In September of 2019, at another physical with my gynecologist, he suggested I have a biopsy for uterine cancer. I was diagnosed with Endometrial cancer, grade I. In October, I had a complete hysterectomy. This time, the surgeon recommended chemo and radiation. I finished my chemo in early March and my radiation treatments late March. The COVID crisis was not at full strength and for that I am very thankful.
In 2016, a friend of mine suggested I contact BCCR. It was the beginning of a tremendous support group. I started attending Friday Brown Bag meetings at BCCR, and am continuing online during the COVID crisis. I have also participated in various lectures, gentle yoga and meditation sessions. I see my involvement with BCCR being a life long partnership.