Written and Contributed by Brittany Ash
Amber Ash is a 47 year old mother of three. She has recently been diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer which was suspected by her doctor because her body was producing too much estrogen.
She was told by her physician that she was simply unlucky. After having a biopsy on her right breast, a 7mm (2 inch) lump was found. An MRI was also performed to make sure that the cancer had not spread.
After the biopsy, the lump was confirmed to be cancerous, but a spot was also noticed on the left breast. The doctor's then ordered a biopsy and an MRI to see if that tumor was cancerous as well.
Amber received a call that the tumor in the left breast was benign, and she will have a lumpectomy on October 30th, 2015 at Siteman Cancer Center in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
After 4 weeks of recovery she will begin radiation 5 days a week for 6 weeks. Chemotherapy and the removal of her lymph nodes in her right arm will be determined during her surgery.
Update January 2016:
After the removal of the lymph nodes, test results confirmed that the lymph node was malignant. The doctors then changed her treatment plan to 6 months of chemotherapy followed by 6.5 weeks of radiation.
Amber says, "Although the journey has not begun I know that I will fight the fight in hope that someone else's mother, daughter, wife, aunt, or friend will not have to."
September 21st, 2015 is a day that I (Amber) will never forget. The word, cancer will rock you to your core. The flood of emotions, worries, and the unknown may be overwhelming, but I have not nor will I ask God "why me?" I know I can and will beat cancer.
Thank you to my family, my husband, and most importantly my three daughters.
"When you're weak, I'll be strong. When you let go, I'll hold on."
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