by Madelyn Rivera (Builder, Florida)
I was in a deep, deep cloud when I met Sarah Aybar, who would become my sponsor. I had been diagnosed with breast cancer in April but still had to work full time to help support my family. In October of 2015, right after having a double mastectomy, I made the decision to join Premier.
During my annual exam, the doctor found a lump on my left breast. I wasn’t even thinking of breast cancer. I thought it was just a small cyst, no big deal. Right away I was referred for a mammogram and ultrasound, and I still wasn’t thinking about breast cancer.
In April, I was told to see a breast surgeon immediately. I remember thinking, oh wow, these people are serious. Within two days I was sitting alone in an examination room as the surgeon reviewed my mammogram and ultrasound. He told me that in all his years of experience, he knew this was breast cancer. I was numb as he went on and on about cancer and what he could do. He said I needed a biopsy as soon as possible. I left the appointment, concerned only for my son, who is now a 14-year-old honor student, and my husband, a truck driver who is away from home for months at a time. I went back to work and tried to give my best, but I was still numb.Read More »
by Michele Simmons
(Jeweler, North Carolina)
My story with Premier starts as I was transitioning from triple negative breast cancer survivor to pharmacy school student. After being diagnosed at the age of 33 with breast cancer and scheduled for a lumpectomy with sentinel node biopsy, I found out I was pregnant one week prior to the lumpectomy. My sentinel node biopsy was changed to maximum axillary node dissection, and results from pathology revealed an aggressive triple negative breast cancer that required six rounds of chemotherapy while pregnant. Normally, it would have been four rounds, but one of the standard agents could not be used due to my pregnancy.Read More »
by Marci Johnson
If you had told me that after my breast cancer journey I would be blessed by that journey, I would have looked at you like you had lost your mind. Which is exactly what I wanted to do when my OB/GYN suggested I keep an open mind, and that some of his patients had actually said their journey was a blessing.
Don’t get me wrong — it was tough on all of my family. Read More »
by Sandy Kent
I’ve always been very diligent about getting my annual exam since age 35 because the doctor told me I have very dense breasts. She called it fibrocystic disease. So years went by, doing my thing and always clear. In 2015 I had an MRI on my shoulder because I slipped and fell pretty hard on it, and at the same time I got my annual mammogram done.
I went into my follow up appoint ment with my doctor expecting to hear terrible news about my shoulder because it hurt horribly! He told me there was a small tear on my labrum and they couldn’t do anything about it, but my mammogram came back abnormal and they needed to repeat the test to make sure. Everything else he said I didn’t hear!Read More »