Nearly 6 years ago, I discovered a lump in my breast and received the diagnosis that would change my life forever: triple negative breast cancer. I was 30 years old and pregnant at the time. Yes, I was scared, confused, devastated and overwhelmed.
I underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy while bringing a new life into the world. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. On the toughest days of treatment, the little life inside of me was my motivation to keep fighting. And a fighter she was! On the day scheduled to be my final round of chemo, I went into early labor and delivered a beautiful baby girl. Born premature but perfectly healthy, Serenity arrived to let me know we had won our fight. She’s a living reminder that miracles happen. For women battling cancer while pregnant, there is Hope for Two.
After additional surgery and a failed reconstruction, I was declared cancer-free. I could not have gotten through my battle with breast cancer without the love and encouragement of my army of supporters, Team Roxy. During treatment, I found it helpful to talk with other survivors who had already walked a mile in my shoes. I used social media as a tool to connect with survivors all over the world.
Regardless of where you are in or out of treatment, it’s important to find the support you need. Some survivors shy away from the thought of a “support group” but I encourage you to find whatever works for you. You don’t have to do this alone.
I now lead a local breast cancer support group and serve as a Young Survival Coalition F2F Coordinator. To learn more about my story or for help finding a support network, connect with me at: www.team-roxy.com