1 Week – that’s crazy to think around this time next week I will be out of surgery and recovering from having a nipple sparing mastectomy. I wanted to share my story with you all because there is a misunderstanding about breast cancer. Many people still believe that breast cancer (only older women get) well that’s true, as you get old your chances of getting breast cancer increases. In the past few years, there have been more and more young women getting the diagnoses of breast cancer or finding out they are at high risk of developing breast cancer. People, it does happen and I’m one of those young adult women that it happened to and that’s why I wanted to tell my story. I was very lucky that the breast cancer was caught very early and it was noninvasive (DCIS).
Having a nipple sparing mastectomy is one of the best choices because I have a rare medical condition known as Cowden syndrome. I have an 85% chance of developing invasive breast cancer but with having surgery that risk goes down to about 20%. I want, to be honest with you all, it took me a very long time to make this decision to have surgery. If you would like to know more, you can visit my Cleveland Clinic blog post. That’s all for me today – hope everyone has a great weekend and Happy Easter.