My first experience with breast cancer was when my mom was diagnosed when I was eight. She had stage 3, triple negative breast cancer which was a rare kind.
She went through surgeries to remove the tumors and the cancer would go away but a few months later it would come back. It eventually spread to her lungs, bones and lymph nodes. It kept going like a cycle; the cancer would be removed and we’d celebrate, then it would come back, then removed again, then back.
For 3 years, I watched my mom deteriorate and get weaker and weaker. When I was 11 years old, my mom died.
I’ve always been determined to not let the cancer win which is why I always try to use my mom’s death to make me stronger. I am in college now and am hoping to go on to medical school and become a doctor and help women.
I am also aware that I have a higher risk for breast cancer which makes me more aware of my health and checking myself monthly for any lumps or other symptoms. I hope people can be inspired by my story and know that they can use the bad things that happen in their lives as inspiration to go on and be stronger.
This Mother’s Day, start a conversation about your family health history. Because understanding how your family history affects your health is one of the most important and impact things you can do for yourself. BrightPink.org/FamilyHistory