It was in 1997 when I first noticed a lump in my left breast. I drew it to the attention of my doctor who ordered me to get a mammogram done, which I did, but the result came back negative. My doctor then said to me that the lump was not malignant but that what I had was a non-cancerous condition called fribocistic breast. Having heard that, I went on my merry way thinking that all was well since I did not know any better. The folowing year, I had a rude awakening when I felt a lump under my arm pit. I thought the lump was due to a deodorant I was using at the time, so I threw it out and I bought a differnt one. Still after two weeks of watching and waiting for it to go away, it remained solid. I then went back to the doctor who proceeded to perform a biopsy on the lump under my arm. Three weeks later the results came back that I had carcinoma of the left breast that has already spread to the lump nodes in the armpit.. I was devastated at the news. But thanks be to God that after a left mastectomy, six cycles of chemotherapy and 15 doses of radiation therapy, I am still here enjoying a heallthy life. It is my passion to continue being an advocate for breast cancer support, awareness and survivorship.