Stephanie Henderson: Strength (Cont'd)
At the age of 41, I was diagnosed with HER 2+ breast cancer stage 2 in the right breast. One day I decided to randomly perform a breast self-exam. Prior to this, I was not consistent with myself exams. My fears became reality when the doctor confirmed that I did indeed, have breast cancer. I was devastated, scared, and confused. It seemed like my world had come to a halt. I had so many worries and uncertainty about life itself. The first thought that came to my mind was “Am I going to die?”
The treatment options that I believed would be best for my situation, was a double mastectomy. Following, I had six chemotherapy treatments and a year's worth of Herceptin. On July 31, 2014, I was considered cancer-free. In September of 2014, I had the exchange surgery to get my implants. Looking back, I realized that this entire journey has made me stronger. Physically, I felt weak, but I found strength through my faith in the Lord, and the support from my loving family. This process has made me cherish the little things in my life and has made me into a stronger woman, mother, and child of God.
My message to anyone battling breast cancer, or any cancer for that matter, is don’t lose faith. Your worst enemy is your own mind. My message to everyone else, is to check yourself frequently. Early detection is key.