Welcome Trish, to the Tough Muther Army you ARE One Tough Muther
Hello, my name is Trish and shockingly I have breast cancer.
Before I got sick, I owned my own small, but busy cleaning business. I have two daughters, Ava age 12 and Zoe age 5 and an amazingly, supportive finance named Aaron. I made the decision to share my journey through breast cancer for a number of reasons. I was a healthy 33-year-old woman (at a time of diagnosis), my labs are beautiful, my BMI is between 21- 25% which is really good. My heart rate and blood pressure are always perfect, that of an athlete so I’ve been told. I have no history of cancer in my family on either side, and I come from a huge family.
I found a lump in my breast, something that I have had before, a fibroadenoma cyst. It started to fluctuate in size, and become uncomfortable. I went to get it checked again, fluctuating in size was another good sign it isn’t cancer, cancer doesn’t grow and shrink, so the doctors wanted to do a biopsy just to find out what was causing it to fluctuate.
That’s when my world was flipped upside down. I had two tumors, not one. I have stage 2 breast cancer!
But that’s ok, I’m ready for this fight! I’ve never turned down a good fight in my life and I’m not going to now! Every day I look for the silver lining and all of the beauty in the world!
I’ve been very open throughout my journey. I share it all, the good, bad, and ugly. I had 16 rounds of chemo. 4 A/C which is AWFUL! Followed by 12 rounds of taxol. I lost all my hair, but oddly, being bald empowered me. I continue to have some lingering side effects from chemo, but each day that they aren’t bad, I’m happy!
After chemo I had a bilateral mastectomy, emotionally this was the hardest. Now I’m in the reconstruction phase, with a “faulty expander”. My weekly fills are so much fun….totally kidding! I get 420 CCs of fluid pumped into my left breast, only for it to deflate in a few days. I’ve also been blessed with “the good cancer,” I don’t think there is such a thing as good one, it all sucks. My cancer is highly estrogen and progesterone responsive her2- and I don’t carry the BRAC gene. But, I did get to be thrown into early menopause! I have to take hormone blocker pills and get an ovary suppressant shot every month. Woo-whoo for 60’s in my 30’s!!!
I’m unapologetically me. Just because I have breast cancer doesn’t mean that other people don’t have struggles or other people’s struggles aren’t important. I just hope that people can realize that, when we are thrown into something that we have no control or no power over, the one thing that we can control is our attitude. I knew that I was not going to let cancer get the best of me. I made it my mission to find my purpose, every day. I’d let myself have my moments and I would wallow in my misery but, I would give myself a time limit. I’d say that’s enough now; you have to get up. Just because life sucks right now does not mean that the world stops moving.
If I can help or inspire one person I’d be happy. I truly hope that with me sharing my journey, it helps someone else. I knew nothing about cancer and I know there’s many people out there that are facing something and I just want them to know that they are not alone.
IT IS HARD, but you have to fight.
Please if you aren’t feeling well for an extended period of time, notice a lump or anything that isn’t right, go get checked!
Life is beautiful! Peace, love, and positive vibes xoxo
#MutherSays ~ You can follow Trish’s Cancer Journey on Instagram – @tryanbreastcancer28