I’m a Breast Cancer Survivor: Jackie Daly

I’m a Breast Cancer Survivor: Jackie Daly
by Pypeline Editing

I received a phone call from the radiology department after a mammogram letting me know there was a shadow on the ultrasound of my right breast. It was a small cyst. It was nothing to be concerned about. I went about my life and didn’t give it another thought.

Then I realized it had been two years since my last mammogram. When I went in the second time, they asked me to return for an ultrasound. I wasn’t worried. Then the radiologists requested a needle biopsy. I was still not worried. I had no family history of breast cancer. The results returned after the biopsy two days later. They had found two small tumors buried deeply in the back of my right breast. It was classified as Stage 2 breast cancer.

When I went to see a specialist I brought my friend. The doctor discussed the recommended treatment and the next steps that were required. I listened. I was numb. I cried. I sobbed in disbelief. After a little while, I dried my eyes, hugged my friend and began the journey to beat this disease. My surgery was scheduled two weeks later.

A few days after my first chemotherapy treatment, my husband and I decided to move to Reno from Los Angeles. At one point, he was leaving on a business trip and I drove him to the airport. When I returned to the home where we were staying, I discovered one of our dogs had escaped. After looking through a very unfamiliar neighborhood, I finally found him, secured him and brought him back to the house. I decided to give him a bath when I noticed big clumps of hair on the shower floor. They were not from my dog. They were from my own head. I cried. The reality of what was happening finally hit me. When my hair did not fall out immediately after the first treatment, I had fooled myself into believing that it would not happen to me at all. Yet it did.

I can proudly say, through all of that, I have been a survivor since April of 2006. I have been blessed with a supportive husband, family and friends who are now family. I made more great and supportive friends in my new neighborhood and through my volunteer efforts with Susan G. Komen in Reno. The one piece of advice I could give to those with breast cancer, or even those supporting those with cancer, is to stay active and become involved. Turn your challenges into opportunities to support and educate others. I have been a team captain of my Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Team, Loop of Friends since 2007, and we are still going strong, as am I.

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(Left to Right) Elizabeth Weyman and Jackie Daly – Susan G. Komen Northern Nevada Race for the Cure 2013

Photo Credit:  Fenner Photography