Angela’s Corner: Giving Thanks for Early DetectionAngela Banker
For me, I cannot be more thankful for pushing for my mammograms at a young age because it eventually saved me from a more extensive road to recovery.Â Since I had my mammograms and other imaging tests, I found my cancer early enough.
Now to be fair, I found my DCIS early.Â In fact, it was still in the pre-cancer stage, but it had the ability to invade at any time.Â It could have invaded the next day or months later.Â I was not as lucky with my lobular cancer as it went undetected.Â The only reason it was discovered was because I had a bi-lateral mastectomy and the removed tissue was then biopsied.
While talking to my husband about this article, he reminded me how I often feel about my cancer.Â My cancers were caught early enough â€“ in the pre-cancer and Stage 1 levels.Â Â This was all due to early detection, being my own advocate, and being pro-active in my health care.Â Since early detection was the key, and my mastectomies played a huge role in my treatment plans, I now only need to take Tamoxifen.Â Thankfully, chemotherapy and radiation therapy were not needed.Â This at times leads me to believe I am not a cancer survivor â€“ even if I have every right to call myself one.Â I did not have to go through more extensive treatments like my grandmother, my mom, and my sister.Â It provides me with what one might call survivor guilt.
I can live with the survivor guilt I feel because I know it was all due to early detection.Â Early detection is crucial for minimal treatment and increased survival rates.Â Iâ€™m thankful my cancers were detected early enough.Â Iâ€™m thankful that because of the early detection, I was able to recover quickly.Â Iâ€™m thankful that Iâ€™m here to be the wife, mother, daughter, and friend I was meant to be all because of finding my cancers in the earliest possible stages.
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