My name is Tracey, I’m 32 and I’m in am 8 year relationship with my partner Steven. We have a beautiful 6 year old boy named kieran. I work on conferences and events within a university.
I’m sharing my story to help other women diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, I hope it helps you in some way to understand what life is like after diagnosis.
On 22 July 2016 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, after suspecting a 12mm tumour I had a lumpectomy with 3 lymphnodes removed. I discovered it was actually 9cm and therefore I needed a full mastectomy on my left side with reconstruction 1 year later. the tumour is now removed however A CT scan showed I still have a suspect lymphnode. I would have preferred this to be removed as well however the operation would be difficult as the lymphnode is under a muscle. which is under a muscle, it will be monitored after Chemotherapy. I will undergo 6 rounds of chemotherapy (3 FEC and 3 TAX) and then radiotherapy. Hopefully I can also get this lymphnode removed if no signs of improvement.
Follow my story in pictures on Instagram @faith.for.the.future.
I had a two week wait before meeting with my oncologist so that I could undergo Ivf treatment. It was worth waiting a little as I have managed to get 11 embryos frozen which gives me such hope for the future I would love a little girl 🙂
I wanted to share my story as my cancer could have gone undetected, I had pain in my breast as well as feeling two small lumps. I had a ultrasound and mammogram which only showed a very small shadow not a 9cm tumour!! Young women have dense breast tissue which means its hard to see what’s hiding in there even with a mammogram and ultrasound. Everyone kept reassuring me it was nothing (Dr’s, nurses, ultrasound technicians) however I was soon called in to be told the devastating news.
If you have any concern at all you need to speak to a Dr, whether it be a lump, pain or any kind of leakage from the nipple. Young women don’t get mammograms as it’s so hard to see beyond the dense tissue. I wish women could have a CT scan when they reach a certain age.
This little guy keeps me going 🙂