Posted on Nov 9

"I became the first survivor in my family." Survivor: Jennifer W.

By: New Balance

"I became the first survivor in my family." Survivor: Jennifer W.

Years as a survivor: Three years

Story: My story begins at 39. Three weeks before my 40th birthday I found a lump in my breast. I knew. I was frightened. I told my husband, who looked shocked but remained calm. We decided to wait on telling our son until we knew exactly what we were dealing with. I lost my grandmother to breast cancer at age 63, and my mother at age 52. So this just heightened my concern for my well being. My husband and I were at the doctor’s the next day, who confirmed the lump and scheduled me the next day for a sonogram....which confirmed what I already knew: Breast cancer!

I was immediately scheduled for surgery, and having a biopsy three days later. Within 10 days I was in surgery for a double mastectomy. The biopsy of my lymph nodes came back positive, so aggressive chemo was the next step.

Once this information sunk in we decided to tell our son what I was going through. My son, entering junior high, was very receptive and just said we would look for hats together, which we did! Six months of aggressive chemo and all the ick that come with it, but I am here, alive and three years clean!

My husband and son held my hand many times and during many nights helping me be strong and encouraging me to battle on even when weak, and I did. With that being said, I became the first survivor in my family!

How are you involved in the fight throughout the year? I did the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk in 2011 and 2012. I have in 2013 done the Fort Worth Race for the Cure. Also, I am participating in the Dallas Race for the Cure.

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