On May 31, 2018 just over 3 months after achieving my lifelong goal of winning an Olympic gold medal I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. To say that it rocked my world is an understatement. I went through all the phases. At first I experienced disbelief. Like, ‘No. This can’t be right. Not me. I can’t have this. I then shifted to anger and frustration, like, ‘This isn’t fair I have done everything right. This can’t be happening to me.’ It went against everything I believed to be true.
If you are young, healthy and have no family history you don’t get breast cancer. At least that’s what I used to think. I quickly learned that cancer doesn’t discriminate but I truly believe being healthy and active during my treatments will help me get through it.
Prognosis: Is good. We caught it early and we are going to be aggressive with my treatments because I am young, fit and have no family history.
My Treatment: It was determined that I should start the my cancer battle with chemotherapy followed by a surgical option meaning either a single or double mastectomy.
I will do six rounds of chemo every three weeks. My first infusion was July 9, 2018 and I will have my 6th on October 22, 2018.
More updates to come.