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Striving After Cancer- Angela's Story

January of 2016, while getting dressed for the day, I felt a lump that resembled a rock in my left breast. I checked the right breast to see if I felt the same thing. I did not, but decided to wait a couple of days to see if that lump would still be there. Two days later, the lump was still there. I had just relocated to Texas 9 months prior and decided it was time to find new doctors. My OB-GYN said at 29, I was too young for breast cancer, but ordered an ultrasound anyway. Ultrasound and a biopsy later landed me with a Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma diagnosis on March 8, 2016, 3 weeks before my 30th birthday! I was confused and saddened. I had things to do! This couldn’t be happening now. The unknown scared me more than anything. My cancer was Grade 1 ER/PR + Her2-.

After numerous of tests, doctor visits, and research, I chose to do a unilateral mastectomy with Diep Flap reconstruction. I’m currently on Tamoxifen for 10 years (Lord help me) and I just celebrated my 5th survivorsary on April 22nd. The journey has been an interesting one, but I am still striving and want to be an inspiration to other women as they go through their journey.

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