I’m a Breast Cancer Survivor: Cindy Lain

I’m a Breast Cancer Survivor: Cindy Lain
By Pypeline Editing

I was watching TV with my three little children when I received the call that changed my life. It was the day after my biopsy so I had been waiting by the phone. I went into my bedroom, preparing for the worst. All I heard was, “I’m sorry Cindy, it’s cancer.” I had just had my annual mammogram and all was normal, but I had felt a lump. Although I thought nothing of it, I went back into my doctor and had another exam and an ultra sound. The doctor was still suspicious about the lump and wanted to get a biopsy right away. Now I was being told I had cancer; I couldn’t believe it.

I hadn’t noticed my little girl had slipped into the bedroom. She walked up to me and quietly asked, “You have cancer, don’t you Mama?” I nodded and we both quietly cried. Telling my children was difficult, but I promised them I wasn’t going to die from this. I would do everything I could to fight it and I knew I would win.

In that coming year, I had five surgeries, twenty weeks of chemo and one year of infusion treatments. I lost all my hair, my right breast, several lymph nodes and most of the feeling in my right chest. However, during that time I gained a strength I never would have guessed I had. My nuclear nurse, Chris, said something to me that stuck, “You know Cindy, this isn’t about you. You have this disease to make a difference for someone else, or maybe it’s someone you don’t even know yet.” I hear her voice in my head every time a friend reaches out to me because they or a friend just received scary news from an exam, every time I do an event where I get to educate people on self-awareness and every time I participate in a walk or a run for a cure. I am now a seven year breast cancer survivor and I want my story to be one of hope.

I want women to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and they do not have to travel their breast cancer journey alone. Susan G. Komen provides a lot of support and so can the people who love you. Enjoy each and every day and know that through this adventure you might just find your best self!