“Keep putting one foot in front of the other. That’s all you need to do right now” – said by my radiologist the day I was diagnosed.
Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. She has now successfully defeated her disease. She also shared her journey in her blog – “Cancer. Life. Jen”
“I was taking a shower, I lifted my arms up and began a self-examination. I noticed a tiny marble like a lump in the lower/middle section of my left breast. It was soft, pliable and seemed to move when I touched it. There were no other noticeable signs at the time.
After an ultrasound, several mammograms and two needle biopsies (one of the lumps, one of a nearby lymph node) I was diagnosed with breast cancer.”
“I underwent 6 rounds of TCHP neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Followed by a bilateral nipple-sparing mastectomy and implant reconstruction. In May of 2017, I was officially in remission!”
A little insight of her treatment as per her blog:
I underwent fertility treatments for 2 weeks followed by egg retrieval. I have ten eggs currently frozen and stored. I then went through 6 rounds of Taxol, Carboplatin, Herceptin and Perjeta treatments. Afterward, I continued Perjeta and Herceptin for an additional 5 treatments and then simply Herceptin for a total of 18 treatments. I completed Herceptin in December 2017.
I am on hormonal blockers which began with Lupron and Letrozole. After severe joint pain, I was switched to Arimidex and Lupron and the joint pain subsided. However, given the harsh side effects of forced menopause, my oncologist has switched to Tamoxifen which I will start soon (and no longer take the other medicines).
I had a bilateral nipple-sparing mastectomy in May 2017, followed by implant reconstruction in Sept 2017. I have a 560cc Natrelle high profile, round, silicone implants.
I had a pathological complete response to treatment and was declared No Evidence of Disease in May 2017. My surgeon doesn’t use the “cancer free” words until her patients hit the 5-year mark.”
Motivation to fight cancer
“I wanted to live a long life with my friends and family. As much as I possibly could.”
The biggest hindrance
“Feeling unwell and isolated. I was surrounded by so many people but sometimes I felt the most alone and sad about what was happening.”
Message to other fighters
“Move forward. Go to every appointment, mark every milestone, look forward to every day.”