We’re really grateful that we get to come into the office
and work with Tina every day, especially considering she’s a breast cancer survivor.
Just like every survivor’s story Tina’s is unique and we’d
like to share it in her own words because it’s a story with a valuable lesson.
At one time or another we
have all thought, “Oh that will never happen to me”.
When I was 21 I fell in
love with my best friend; a few years later we married and I thought to myself,
“Life can’t get any better than this.”
But as the years ticked by, I was unable to become pregnant. After years and many doctors and surgeries, I
was finally accepted to a study to go through invitro.
I thought this was a tough
process but I had no clue what tough was until 4 years after I had been blessed
with my daughter and I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It was so serious that the doctor called me
at work, demanding that I contact a surgeon and get in right away. I thought, “How
did this happen?” I mean seriously, I
had just been blessed with this beautiful little girl!
In 2003, I went through
surgeries and radiation. Because of the early detection, the Cancer had not
spread to my lymph nodes. I had to take
a prescription for 5 years which also kicked me into early menopause but the
reality is, “I’m Alive”.
What did I learn from this
experience? “Never take anything for granted.” Early detection is why I am here
today and was able to see my beautiful, precious daughter graduate in
2017. You don’t have to be 50 to get
breast cancer; I was only 36. Listen to
your body, read the signs! It could save
There you have it, Tina’s Story. Like all good stories, it
stays in your mind after you finish it because it has meaning, a lesson you can
learn from it. That lesson is this: early
detection and treatment saves lives and when you save a life, you can never
stop counting the further blessings it will bring. We’re blessed to be able to
work with Tina, just as she is blessed with being able to be a mother for her
daughter and watch her grow as she herself moves into adulthood.
Blessings are best shared so we wanted to give you some information
that could one day save a life you love.
Go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation website and sign
up to receive the Breast Health Guide, with advice on healty habits, signs and
symptoms and early detection tips.
Visit the MD Anderson website to learn about and schedule a
Breast Cancer Screening Exam
Learn the Facts from the American Cancer Society
Find out how to give yourself a at-home breast self-exam
(40% of breast cancer is found by a woman who noticed a lump)