Her mother’s diagnoses saved her life. Lindsey’s story.

“In June of 2019, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at age 70. Since I was rapidly approaching 40, I decided to go ahead and start doing yearly mammograms at the suggestion of my mothers oncologist. Since I’m off in the summers, I immediately scheduled a mammogram. It was honestly something I wasn’t fearful of and I’d just get it off my “to do” list. One mammogram led to another mammogram and an ultrasound and then a biopsy. Ultimately it lead to a diagnosis of Stage 1A breast cancer, the earliest stage of breast cancer. My mother's breast cancer saved my breast cancer from being able to grow too much, so I’m thankful we both went in for those mammograms. Ironically, my mother and I tested negative to all genetic links and she had a different kind of breast cancer than I did.

 

Three weeks after my mothers mastectomy, I too had a mastectomy, just 10 days before my 40th birthday. My mother is now doing great and did not need any chemotherapy or radiation. Unfortunately, mainly because of my age, I had to go through 8 chemotherapy treatments over the course of about 4 months. Thankfully I had a great support system around me. My husband and 2 children, Madison and Nicholas really stepped up and helped with whatever I needed or chores or just occupying my time with their never ending busy schedules. Ryan, family and friends attended chemotherapy sessions with me, made meals, helped with driving our kids or kept our kids overnight so Ryan could stay with me in the hospital, and so much more.Thankfully besides of course, losing my hair, which was so terribly hard, my only real symptom was fatigue.

It was the hardest time in my life and something I hope to never relive, but I have always believed that God will only give you what you can handle. Now I’m healthy, my hair is growing back and I’m happy to be a survivor. Tomorrow I will be 9 months cancer free!”