Hi I’m Erika Silva, and I am I Breast Cancer Survivor.
I was at home one evening just chilling before bed when I decided to do a self-breast exam and felt a lump.
On January 25, 2018 I was diagnosed, stage 2 triple positive invasive carcinoma. Treatment plan moved forward pretty fast, I survived 6 rounds of a chemo cocktail for (6mths) and 12 rounds of Herceptin. We decided to skip Radiation.
I had a double mastectomy was a must however it was with a delayed reconstruction, I tested positive for a gene mutation called PALB2 in which pushed me to get a full hysterectomy as well on December 2018. I got the reconstruction done on May 2019 and I am now in recovering from it all. I have 5yrs of hormone therapy (prevents cancer from returning) that I’m working thru now. Recently I had a revision with fat grafting and I been healing well.
Cancer has taken a lot from me but it has also given me a sense of purpose, it has brought me amazing people into my life.
I hope my journey inspires you to never give up! I am grateful to be alive today and to be able to enjoy life with my daughter.