Breast Cancer Survivor & Thriver

Heather Paul

My name is Heather Paul and I'm proud to say I'm a breast cancer survivor and THRIVER!! (I'm not sure that's a word but it should be). I just finished treatment July 31, 2019. In the spring of 2018, I made an appointment with my doc because I had developed some dimpling on my left breast. My doctor referred me on to a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy which would confirm my greatest fear, Stage II Invasive Ductal Carcinoma… breast cancer.

Only a year earlier my mother had been diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer. I couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that my mom and I had cancer at the same time. My family and I lost my mom during my six rounds of chemotherapy. I found it hard to grieve the loss of my mom during this time as I was just trying to survive the side effects of chemo. I didn't want to let my guard down. I had a lumpectomy in December 2019 and had to go back in because they didn't get clear margins. After this second surgery I fell apart. I was down, I was depressed, I didn't recognize the face I saw in the mirror. I had this fear that my cancer journey would end the same as my mother's. I feared every little ache and pain was the cancer coming to attack another part of my body.

Needless to say, I was able to talk through these fears with my oncologist and a counselor. There were some dark days but TODAY I feel amazing. I spent months with absolutely no energy. But you know what? My energy came back, my hair grew back, and I feel better than ever!! Next week I launch a business and I'll be baking my famous cinnamon rolls for the masses. I thank God every day that He’s given me another day here on earth to spend with my husband and three daughters. Life is sweet.