Mary Ann’s Story
I've always been so diligent. Having all preventative screenings, Dr.'s appointments etc. Basically, I am a rule follower. Donate
Mother of 4 fabulous grown children, wife, International Flight attendant jet-setting around the globe. 2 sweet dogs, life was good.
Until, I found a lump. The lump I felt was obvious to me, not normal. I sought out my doctors, many of whom tried to assure me it felt like normal dense breast tissue. But my gut told me otherwise.
When I had my mammogram, the results came back. It stated No Abnormalities, dense breast tissue. The next day my Dr. called me and said, "Isn't that great news, no abnormalities?" I thought to myself and replied, "No, that's no news. It means they couldn't see anything!" So I demanded an ultrasound.
It was during the ultrasound that the radiologist said to me and my husband, Dr. Landry, that she was very concerned. The following biopsy showed that it was Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. Only 10-15% of all breast cancers. My head started to spin.
Now after several surgeries and reconstruction and being a 3 year plus survivor, it is my mission to raise both awareness and provide funding for programs that help those facing a breast cancer diagnosis.
It is my hope that we become our own health advocates and with the assistance of technology and preventative care, we eradicate breast cancer for both men and women.
Please, Rise up with me this month.