My name is Angelina Hardy Taylor and I was diagnosed with hormone positive HER2 negative grade 3 stage 1 breast cancer at 26 years old on the 15th of November 2021.
I remember that day so well, I walked into the clinic normal and walked out of the clinic a cancer patient, and my life has never been the same since. Suddenly my life resolved around scans, oncologists and breast nurses.
I had a lumpectomy operation and lymphnode removal on the 22nd of December 2021 and on the 11th of January I miraculously found out that my operation was successfull and I was cancer free!
But, I didn’t escape treatment..
I started adjuvant treatment (preventative treatment) in January after I got my results. Which includes a chemical menopause since January, and I also had to go through 6 rounds of tough chemotherapy treatments, I lost all my hair 2 weeks after my first chemotherapy infusion and I also had to endure 21 rounds of radiotherapy to my affected breast.
I officially finished “active treatment” on the 14th of October 2022. My hormone treatment will remain for 10 years, including mammograms every year until I am 50 years old.
Nobody tells you how to navigate all of this, especially at 26 years old..many people still to this day has the misconception that breast cancer is “an older woman’s disease” when it simply isn’t true.
My advice to women my age, please don’t be naive, check your boobs and be your own health advocate…because checking my breasts saved my life❤️”