It was 1971 and I had just turned 20 years old and was in my sophmore year at college when I found a lump in my breast. When I went home for summer vacation, I told my mother and we went to see our family doctor. Of course he said "don't worry about it". My lump was still there in September so my doctor ordered a biopsy. Two weeks later I went back to the doctor's office and was told I had milignant cancer and I would be going in the hospital the next day and would be having a masectomy the following day.Six months later they removed my other breast, just in case the cancer would reoccur.
It has been 41 years since I first found my lump and I am now 61 years old. I feel I was chosen to have breast cancer at such an early age so that I can give hope to other women or men who have this dreaded disease.
My goal is to live to be 100 so that I will be the longest living breast cancer survivor in the world or at least challenge other survivors to beat me.