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.
Wendy Meyers, Manager of Health & Wellness – Part V
Three weeks before my 40th birthday, I felt a lump in my right breast. I was already scheduled for my first mammogram, but when I called the Renown Imaging Center and told them about the lump they were able to see me that same week. At the time, I did not know anything about Dense Breast Tissue and the difficulty it can cause in seeing tumors in a mammogram. Sure enough the technician could not see the lump in my mammogram. Cancer doesn’t run in my family. Therefore, I’m incredibly grateful that the Renown technician offered additional screening. I’ll never forget looking up at the ultrasound screen and knowing I have cancer.
In that moment, I made the decision that cancer was not going to win. Through a MRI it was determined that I had two small tumors. Being diagnosed with cancer at such a young age, I decided to move forward with a bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Luckily, since my cancer had been found so early, it had not yet spread to my lymph nodes. With the support of an amazing team of doctors, multiple surgeries and four rounds of chemotherapy… I have now been cancer free for five years!
“Don’t wait for things to get better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now, otherwise you’ll run out of time.”