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In 2013, I was diagnosed with stage 1 Triple Negative breast cancer, at the age of 44. Triple Negative, or TNBC, is an aggressive type of breast cancer which makes up about 10 to 15 percent of all breast cancers.
TNBC attacks breast cancer cells that do not have estrogen, progesterone, or HER2 receptors. My breast cancer was not found on a routine mammogram. The mammogram did not show any type of tumor. It was found by doing my monthly breast exam. Mammograms are only 70 percent effective.
What makes my story unique is that my husband, Tim, was fighting cancer at the time I was diagnosed. We checked in to our radiation appointments together. We often joked and asked for the family discount. Tim was diagnosed with head and neck cancer 18 months prior. He had surgery and chemo and radiation. He passed away 6 months after I was diagnosed in November of 2013 at the age of 46. I had just finished my radiation treatment a few weeks prior to his passing.
I am grateful to be a 4-year survivor and mother to our son, Ben. And my husband is missed every second of every day.
Ben is now a senior at Highlands Ranch High School.
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