An MRI and biopsy confirmed my worst fear... And my nightmare began. I was diagnosed with a rare type of Breast Cancer, affecting only about 15% of people called Triple Negative Breast Cancer. This means that the tumor is estrogen receptor-negative, progesterone receptor-negative and HER2-negative. It is typically more aggressive and has a higher recurrence rate and there aren't any targeted therapies since it is not hormone driven. My fear just became worse.... Was I just served a death sentence?
No way!!! My God is bigger than cancer!
I had my pity party, put on my big girl panties, and fought for my life! I prayed, ate right, rallied with family and friends, did my own research, and felt the tumor get smaller and smaller with each chemo treatment. As horrible as the chemo was, it became my best friend as it destroyed the bad cells in my body. I finished chemo and had a double mastectomy 5 months later and was given the best news.... No residual cancer!! I had 100% response to the chemo which only happens about 25% of the time. I did radiation following surgery because 4 of my lymph nodes were positive for cancer. I was determined to do whatever it took to survive, to be here for my family and one day be blessed to hold my future grandchildren. I won this war! I am better because of it! I am Triumphant!!
Tanya Wilson: Triumphant (cont'd)
In July of 2015 at 43 years old, I found my tumor while doing a self-exam. My grandmother, mother and sister all had breast cancer (and are survivors) before me. So when I kept being told that it was just a cyst, I became my own advocate.