Nicole

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"Beating TNBC is important to me. I want to see my children achieve their dreams.”

I am 39 years old (soon to 40 on October 18) and a mother of three. I found the lump myself on February 22, 2018. I went to see my gyne and she ordered a mammogram and ultrasound. I had a biopsy on March 13 and was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer on March 20. I had my port placed April 4 and started chemo April 6.

I had four rounds of AC and 12 Taxol treatments. During treatments I tried to stay positive. I had two setbacks during treatments. I got a cold that knocked me down for a month. My port got infected after being placed. I had it removed and got a picc line. After two months, I developed gram negative rod bacteria so picc line was removed. And I was hospitalized for five days to receive IV antibiotics.

Those two situations pushed two chemo treatments back. I finished chemo on September 7. I cried when I rang the bell and my oncology team lined the hallways to celebrate with me. I worked as much as I could because I have two children in college and one in high school. I am scheduled for bilateral masectomy tomorrow, October 15, three days before my 40th birthday.

My picture above on the left side is when I decided to take control of when I lost my hair and the right is a few days before I got biopsy results. During treatments, I was fatigued and chemo brain is a real thing. I was sent from work in an ambulance one day because I was so confused and couldn't remember what I was supposed to do at work. I was dehydrated. Beating TNBC is important to me. I want to see my children achieve their dreams. I want to watch them get married, have children and be the successful people they are destined to be. They are my whole world, my life, my heart and soul. They are the reason I fought so hard to stay strong and fight TNBC.