October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease. Please join us in celebrating five inspiring breast cancer survivor stories from Hometown Health employees who have defeated breast cancer. Our hope is their stories will inspire you to take action and schedule a mammogram today.
Heather Reimer, Director of Self-Funded & Wellness Experience – Part IV
I learned at a young age to get my mammogram when I turned forty, and I did. I had a clean mammogram, I was told that I had dense breast tissue. A few months later I had a whole breast ultra-sound with new breast imaging technology offered by Renown Health specifically designed for dense breast tissue. The new imaging found my breast cancer that was hidden by my dense breast tissue.
I was diagnosed at the age of forty-one with a 1.8 cm Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I underwent aggressive treatment with a bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction and eight rounds of dose dense chemotherapy. From my experience, I learned that every woman is different. Every woman needs to learn about their breast tissue type and work with their doctor to determine what screening is right for them. I started a non-profit to teach women about their dense breast tissue called “Each One. Tell One.” I am an eight year survivor.
“The label ‘survivor’ felt like a destination, I needed a beginning after cancer. EachOneTellOne.org IS my beginning.”