My Story: I Am A Self-Proclaimed “Breast Cancer Survivor Instructor”

My name is Melisa Wilson. I am 40 years old. I have been married to Joshua, my best friend, for the last 17 years of my life. We have a sweet 6-year-old son, who is our living miracle. Our son was born at just 23 weeks gestation at a ginger 1.4 lbs & 11 inches long. He stayed in the hospital for a little over 4 months. He came home with us weighing 6 lbs 6 oz. He has done remarkably well thanks to prayers, a lot of love, outstanding medical care, and very supportive family and friends.

We thought the drama of life was behind us, but on Saturday, February 16, 2014, my husband discovered a lump in my left breast. I thought it was likely a blocked or hardened milk duct. Despite having a premature child, I was able to produce ample breast milk, and it took a long time for my supply to dry up.

My husband insisted that I get checked out right away. So, on Monday, I called my OB/GYN, and they got me in that day. The doctor reassured me that it could indeed be a blocked duct, but wanted to get some test to be on the safe side. I work in healthcare, and I have to admit I was not expecting anything abnormal to show up on the tests.

A few days later I had a breast ultrasound and mammogram. I never had these tests before. Honestly, they weren’t bad. It was not the best feeling in the world to have my breast squished like a pancake for the mammogram, but it was a temporary discomfort. The ultrasound did not hurt at all. Upon completion of testing, I met the radiologist who greeted me and personally took a few extra pictures. As he completed the ultrasound, he recommended a breast biopsy. I still did not feel concerned. I had no significant family history of breast cancer, uterine cancer, or prostate cancer.

The biopsy was done a few days later, and the radiologist suggested I come back the next day for the results. I will always remember the technician saying, “Hum he usually does not have people come back in that fast.” The doctor also stated that no matter the results he would recommend I get the mass removed. Regardless of his statement I still felt confident my results were going to be normal.

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