My name is Lauren. In July of this year, I noticed a lump on my left breast. I was shrugging it off at first but my sister Morgan insisted I call and make an appointment to have it checked out immediately, so I did. I went for the initial doctors appointment and was told they wanted me to go for further testing and for a Mammogram. When I went for the Mammogram I was alone and terrified, I’m not going to lie. But I had every hope that it was nothing and I’d be fine. Well, it wasn’t nothing. They found a lump hiding behind two large cysts. I didn’t initially freak out because it wasn’t confirmed it was cancer. So the next step was I had to come back the next day for a biopsy. This time my mom Mary came with me for support. It wasn’t fun but it was done and over pretty quickly. I was told it would be a few days before I would get results so I went about my day and to work the next. Well, the call regarding results came the next day which surprised me. I will never forget what the doctor said “I’m sorry to tell you this, but it’s cancer!” Cancer? I was in such shock that all I could say was “ok, what’s next”? He sounded stunned and was silent for a minute. Then he said you will hear from your surgeon shortly for an appointment to talk about the next step and he apologized. I IMMEDIATELY called my mom and as soon as she answered the phone I broke down. I couldn’t even get out the words, it’s cancer! That was the hardest day of my life.
I have since started chemotherapy and have done 5 rounds so far. In the beginning it was like nothing was happening. I felt fine. But the farther I get into the treatments, the harder it’s getting. I feel drained, tired, achy and honestly depressed at times. My hair is falling out and will most likely be shaved in a few days. With treatments and how I’ve been feeling lately, I’m missing days at work. The stress of missing work and not knowing if I’ll have money for bills and things is overwhelming. I don’t ever say anything because that’s not how I am. I don’t like asking for help or admitting I can’t do it on my own. But I have to swallow my pride. There is only so much I can do and my family can do.
I have an AMAZING support system of friends and family!! I know they would do anything for me that they possibly could.
I was receiving help from a foundation called Vicki’s Angels. But they are a small nonprofit and only a short term assistance option. I couldn’t possibly continue to ask them for help. However, I will be doing my part in repaying the favor and will be volunteering with the foundation and helping others in my situation.
So, there is my story. I wish everyone a very merry Christmas and well wishes! Thank you all for your continued support!!
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