On April 11, 2013, I went to the doctor for my annual exam. I had pain under my armpit and a lump that I thought was scar tissue from having a fibrocystic lump removed surgically in 2003 (you know your body best, if you think something is not right have it checked). My doctor sent me for a mamogram and an ultrasound. After the mamogram and ultrasound the doctor informed that day that they needed to do a biopsy.
On May 1, 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was a 31 year old, married, working mother of two boys who had breast cancer. Everyone who has been affected by breast cancer is just a “regular person.” Moms, daughters, sisters, and best friends – this disease is non-discriminating.
I had my bilateral mastectomy on June 28, 2013, tissue expanders placed at the same time. The surgery was very hard on me. I lost a lot of blood during the surgery and had to stay in the hospital for three days. I had a blood transfusion which was a very scary experience. Well the past year and a half has been very scary and one heck of an emotional rollercoaster.
On November 21, 2013, I had my exchange surgery and fat grafting. If that wasn't enough on March 7, 2014, I had a partial hysterectomy. On June 12, 2014, I had additional fat grafting to make the implants look more natural. Now I am currently scheduled on September 25, 2014, to have another implant exchange due to issues with my current implants.
I have medical insurance that has helped cover medical expenses but not all of them. I'm reaching out, which is very hard for me to do. To be honest, it is difficult for me to ask for any kind of help. I am asking for help with two of my medical bills which total around $6,500.00. One is from the hospital visits and the other was for gentic testing.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my breast cancer journey and for your generosity and support.
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