I'm Kim and this is my story...
As I was lying in bed one night last year, I had a sudden inkling to do a self exam. I never thought in a million years that I would find a lump, but there it was. It felt like the sizeof a golf ball in my right breast. My first thought was that I was too young. I mean how could I possibly have breast cancer… I was only 34 years old! But when I was diagnosed two weeks later with stage 2b invasive lobular carcinoma, it became very real and I found strength in myself that I had never known.
I had a lumpectomy in June 2016 to remove the 4.5 cm lump and then underwent 16 weeks of chemo followed by 6 weeks of radiation. Halfway through radiation, my doctors told me that I may still have somer esidual cancer cells in my breast and they were going to recommend a mastectomy.
My first thought was that I was too young. I mean how could I possibly have breast cancer… I was only 34 years old!
In June 2017, one year after my initial lumpectomy surgery, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy with latissimus dorsiflap reconstruction. I can now officially say I am NED (no evidence of disease)but still struggle with the side effects of treatments. I am on hormone therapy for the next 5 years which has put me into menopause at 35 years old and taken away my ability to have children, but I am just thankful to be alive. I have spent the last year sharing my journey with others through social media to raise awareness and to let other fighters, survivors, and thrivers out there know they are not alone because we are in this together.