Hi, I’m Donna and I am One Tough Muther.
I am a breast cancer survivor and September 2017 will mark my 15th year survivorship anniversary. I was diagnosed back in 2002 at age 35 and my sons were 5 and 3 years old at the time. It was quite a scary experience for both my husband and I. I was on vacation the day that I found the lump myself. Let’s just say that my hand was in the right location at the right time while I was lying down when I woke up in the morning. It was a fluke how I found it and I have always felt that there was a higher power involved in how I found the lump. I had just had an annual exam including breast exam a few months prior and even a physician did not feel the lump.
I was vigilant and went to my OB/GYN first, had a mammogram, then ultrasound and it showed the lump which they originally said was just a benign “fibroadenoma” and that they would watch it. Something told me in my head and my heart, not to wait. That same day, I called a Breast Surgeon and scheduled to see him and later had a biopsy, which did determine, cancer. I am so glad that my gut told me that I had to get this checked out even further and have it biopsied. Ultimately, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma (Negative for node involvement).
I underwent treatment of surgery then chemotherapy, followed by additional reconstructive surgeries and here I am 15 years later to continue to tell the tale. I have been active in fundraising for The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Washington, DC for the past 6 years and have been a Top 100 Fundraiser for 4 of those years! I will continue to walk the race this year in September. I also am a volunteer for the “Angel Program” with the organization, Breast Cancer Awareness of Cumberland Valley in Maryland where I send cards to patients currently undergoing treatment for Breast Cancer. I work full-time as well as enjoy being a coach for Beachbody in my spare time to continue to help women and empower them on their health and fitness journeys.