Jade, USA

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My name is Jade and I'm a survivor.  I am 34 and had a double masectomy, chemo, herceptin and tamoxifen.

I was pregnant with my second child and felt a large lump but thought it was milk ducts.  6 months after I gave birth, I found blood in my bra and knew something wasn't right.  I went to a breast surgeon in NYC and had a biopsy. The results were DCIS, breast cancer in my milk ducts.  Stage 0, remove breast, no treatment.

I chose to have a double masectomy and expander put in at surgery.

my pathology reports came back not as good as they thought, stage 1.5, chemo weekly for 12 weeks, herceptin for a year and tamoxifen for 10 years.  I was crushed, chemo? How can I do this I had a 3 year old and a 8 month old baby. My perfect world was crushing before my very eyes.  I cried, my husband cried, my mom cried.  But then you put your big girl panties on and push forward and do what has to be done.  I chose to do the sold cap so I could keep my hair.  It's no picnic, it's uncomfortable, heavy and expensive.  But if I had to go through all of this at lease I can keep my hair.  My hair thinned somewhat, but no one but me would know.  

This has been a struggle this past year but here I am, tired but here.  I stop the herceptin in April.  My girls need me so I will do whatever it takes to be here. I've met some wonderful people throughout this journey and am thankful for the support and compassion from family and friends.  I've learned to keep my eye on the prize and so I begin........