During that time period, I continued to do monthly breast checks, along with yearly mammograms and breast MRI’s. In 2017 a routine MRI revealed some atypical cells in the opposite breast of my original cancer. As a result, I decided to do a preventive double mastectomy with reconstruction because of my past history of breast cancer and because of a genetic mutation for breast cancer called CHEK2. My patholgy report showed atypical cells were the beginning of a second cancer diagnosis. Was diagnosed with Stage 0, DCIS. Was also diagnosed at the same time with a chronic leukemia.
This time there wasn’t as much fear with the diagnosis. You see, you can find strength in your cancer journey.
My words of wisdom would be know your own body, do monthly breast checks and when in doubt be pro-active and talk to your doctors.”