Wednesday, 31 October 2018

"While doing my self breast exam is when I discovered a lump in my left breast."- Cheree, a Breast Cancer survivor, shares her story!

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We came across a Breast Cancer survivor on our Social Media pages and she gladly agreed to an interview with us to share her journey with Breast Cancer. She told us:

Hi my name is Cheree Herrington and I am from New Jersey. While doing my self breast exam is when I discovered a lump in my left breast. 

I made a doctor's appointment and on July 13, 2018 is when I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in my left breast. I was scared to death. 

My first thought was that I'm only 35 years old how could this be? I mean all kinds of thoughts was going through my head. Being that my grandmother (my dad's mom) died from ovarian cancer, that was a red flag for my doctor. 

She sent me for a generics test to see if it was in my genes. My test came back positive for BRCA2 gene. Now the BRCA2 gene is a mutating gene that increases the risk of cancer. 

Once I found this out I made the decision to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. Lucky for me I had a great support group to keep me positive and motivated throughout this whole process. 
Cheree poses for our #IFeelMyself Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

On September 13, 2018 is when I had my surgery and had tissue expanders put in. My next surgery is going to be in January 2019 and they are going to be performing a tissue transplant on me. 

I recently found out that I am cancer free and I didn't need any chemotherapy or radiation thanks be to God. So as far as treatment goes I have to take Tamoxifen Citrate for the next 5 to 10 years. 

This is a estrogen modulator and it is to reduce the chances of breast cancer in high risk patients. The downfall with taking this pill is that you can't conceive while taking it. So before I had my surgery I had my eggs harvested and after 2 years I will be able to conceive. 

Becoming a survivor has changed my life because it made me stop taking a lot of things for granted. My advice to girls around the world is to make sure you check yourself on the regular basis and educate yourself because breast cancer can happen at any age. 

For those battling breast cancer STAY POSITIVE and STAY PRAYED UP!!! Keep positive people around you and never let your thoughts get the best of you.
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