October Breast Cancer Awareness Month
ywcaencore Stories of Inspiration & Hope
It all started as a dream……
Three months prior to my diagnosis I had a dream I was emailing my ball team telling them I had breast cancer. I discovered the lump myself while reaching to my left. Next was a trip to my doctor who suspected at my age (38 at the time) it was nothing to worry about and would likely be a cyst. An ultrasound followed, a mammogram and then a biopsy. The dreaded call came from my doctor to come in and see her at 8 p.m. in her office. This would be her last appointment of the day. At that point I knew it was cancer.
My dream three months earlier now became my nightmare. I was told I had grade 3 stage 2 infiltrating ductal carcinoma and would need aggressive treatment including a lumpectomy, four months of chemotherapy followed by 36 daily shots of radiation. I was told with treatment my chances of reoccurrence would decrease from 40 percent to 20 percent.
At this point, scared, afraid, shocked, I slowly decided I had to own it, accept it and beat it. I never wanted to be ‘that poor girl with cancer’ and if God was able to get me through this I would promise to help other women get through this, as so many women helped me.
After treatment, I attended the ywcaencore program, and also took a Breast Health class to learn all I could to continue the battle and be with other survivors. As a survivor, with the many follow-up visits, MRIs and scans, you never forget. You just learn to live with it and continue on the healthy path to remain cancer-free.
Leslie Ubbels, age 43