Hi, my name is Marissa and I am a 31 year old mother of one. I have a wonderful support system —Darrell, my partner in crime for over 16 years & our beautiful 10 year old daughter, Lily. They are the reason I fight...

A little before Thanksgiving 2017, I discovered a lump near my right breast. As far as I knew, no one in my immediate family had been diagnosed with breast cancer —but the lump was not normal & it needed to be checked. 

On December 18, 2017 I was diagnosed with Stage 2B IDC (invasive ductal carcinoma). The lesion in my right breast had spread to the lymph nodes on my right side —so I needed to have additional biopsies on my lymph nodes. The additional lesions were also cancerous and tested positive for estrogen and progesterone, causing me to have to discontinue my birth control. 

On January 3, 2018 I decided to fight this bad boy & had my port placed for chemotherapy treatments. On January 17, 2018, I had my first of 8 aggressive, dose-dense chemotherapy treatments. After 16 weeks of chemotherapy, I will undergo a bi-lateral double mastectomy, followed by 6.5 weeks (33 daily rounds) of radiation. I plan to have reconstruction after I’m healed up from the radiation, in addition to hormone therapy for at least 10 years. 

I’m fortunate to have found my lump early & the prognosis is looking good. I decided to make this page after so many of you reached out to me about helping. Words cannot express how blessed we are to have such a great group of family and friends to support us during this time.
#KeepPounding #SaveTheTatas #FuckCancer
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Marissa Pena 
Havelock, NC
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