Today is Day 5 of our Breast Cancer Awareness Week. Today, I am going to wrap the week up by introducing you to a Brest Cancer Survivor. Her name is Tina Cooper.
I had the honor to talk with about her experience with breast cancer. Tina was born in raised in Queens, New York, and now lives in Wilson, North Carolina.
I asked Tina, how did she discover a lump in her breast.
“I found a lump by doing a self-exam. I have been giving myself a self-exam since I was in high school. I waited 6 months before going to the doctor. A friend of mine made me go.”
Tina was diagnosed with a Breast Cancer on August 28, 2011. The doctor told her she had a fast growing tumor.
“After having a mammogram, I was told that it looked suspicious. He then told me that I needed to be scheduled for a biopsy. After taking the biopsy I returned a week later to hear the results…I was told that I had invasive ductal carcinoma. (An aggressive type of cancerous tumor located in the duct glands where milk is produced. For two weeks I was devastated, I cried all that I could cry. I knew from research that being stressed would be even more harmful on and individual with cancer. I knew that it was time for me to suck it up, and focus on getting better and staying alive. I chose to put a pause on dating, and staying away from anything and anyone that would cause me to stress.”
This amazing woman had surgery over a year ago, and she is living her life to the fullest .
“I always heard getting a mammogram hurts, but it really was not bad at all. I do not recommend a certain age to start getting mammograms. From the time you are in high school on up is when I say to start.”
Tina is a blessing. All of us at RnB Magazine are thankful that she shared her story.
I hope you enjoyed our Breast Cancer Awareness Week, and the information and stories you gathered will help you or someone you know with Breast Cancer.
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Tina Cooper, Breast Cancer Survivor