I’m Alex!! I was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer on February 11th 2020 at 26 years old. Life I thought was just about to get really good. We were just moving out of a less than stellar house and in the process of paying off a lot of debt. In an amazing relationship, we saw endless possibilities ahead.
Cancer naturally puts those possibilities on hold, add a global pandemic and suddenly my world and the world around me completely stopped. My family couldn’t come to treatment with me, I couldn’t celebrate the big milestones like I wanted to, my fiancé couldn’t come with me to my double mastectomy and reconstruction. I’ll never forget the feeling of isolation walking into the hospital that day.
Cancer is not something unfamiliar to my family. My grandmother and my aunt on my mother’s side both were diagnosed with breast cancer at young ages, in their 30s and 50s. My grandma diagnosed with a hormone receptive cancer and my aunt and myself diagnosed with triple negative. Also testing negative for any BRCA mutations, it wasn’t deemed necessary I start mammograms any earlier than recommended, even more so before the age of 30. So when I found a lump in my left breast just a couple of days after my 26th birthday in October I was told it was highly unlikely I had breast cancer but they would order an ultrasound just to be sure. The ultrasound sadly was scheduled a few months out just a couple of days after Christmas, and I was unable to make the appointment when the time came. Fast forward to February when the appointment was rescheduled, the tumor had doubled in size and I was told that I had stage two triple negative breast cancer.
In the last 11 months I’ve learned how important  it is to advocate for yourself and really be in tune with your body and the changes it goes through. No matter your story or family history, cancer can hit when you least expect it, so it’s important to know your body and stand up for it if somethings changes. I sometimes look back and wish more than anything I would have made that first appointment happen.
That’s why I share my story. So that someone somewhere makes the appointment that might be life saving.

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