I was newly engaged to be married and absolutely devastated by this news. As the tears soaked my shirt, I decided cancer was not going to steal my joy—not then, not ever. Five months of intensive chemotherapy, six weeks of full breast radiation, and six surgeries later, a unilateral mastectomy included, I am nearing 5 years cancer-free!
To reduce my chances of recurrence, I continue to take an aromatase inhibitor medication daily and I receive a monthly ovarian suppression injection. Yep, I’m 34-years-old and 5 years into menopause! Chronic fatigue, unwanted weight gain, breast asymmetry, and numerous scars—these are just a few of the unwanted side effects of cancer treatments. Initially, I felt anything but fabulous.