Survivor Story – Amanda
Many women in my family have had breast cancer including my mom and both grandmothers so we have participated in the Race for the Cure for many years in a variety of locations. When I was 25, I found out that I have the BRCA1 gene mutation like many of the other women in my family. Due to this, I started to get yearly breast MRIs. Susan G. Komen helped to pay for one of my MRIs through one of the grants! In April 2017, when I was 27, my MRI showed a suspicious spot. After the biopsy, I learned that I had stage 1 IDC (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma). This happened while my husband was deployed so, luckily, I had my parents there to be with me every step of the way! I underwent a lumpectomy, 8 rounds of chemo, double mastectomy, and 3 reconstruction surgeries. Now, 3 years later, I have been cancer free and just gave birth to my first child, Theodore James (Teddy), on July 1st!