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October Issue: Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Her Story

Let’s Talk About Breasts

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month, and one young woman wants you to know that early detection saves lives. It saved hers.

by Hannah Lee

I was 28 years old the day I felt a lump in my right breast. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Call it woman’s intuition or a gut feeling, but I knew right then that I had breast cancer.

The next couple months went by fast. Not only did I feel a lump, but also had bloody discharge from the nipple. Due to my young age and no family history, my doctor initially thought that I had an infection. When that “infection” never cleared up, he ordered a biopsy, and a few days later, I was told it was not breast cancer.

But, instead of feeling tremendous relief upon hearing the good news, I knew something wasn’t right and shared my doubts with my doctor. I would undergo a lumpectomy, and that test clearly showed what the earlier biopsy did not: The mass was large, as in seven centimeters. In terms of tumor size, this was big.

On March 31, 2009, my doctor confirmed what I had long suspected: breast cancer. Continue reading