I had never been one to do self-breast exams regularly so it was completely by accident that I found a lump in my left breast.
I had convinced myself it was nothing since I had a mammogram in February and this was November. Three weeks later the lump was still there so I called my gynecologist. She sent me for another mammogram. So on a Monday afternoon I went for a mammogram which lead to an ultrasound right away. The radiologist told me at that time that he was 80% sure it was cancer, but a needle biopsy should be done. That was scheduled for the next day Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon I received the call that said it was definitely cancer. This was all the week of Thanksgiving. Things moved very fast after that. I had a lumpectomy in December, chemotherapy started in January and then radiation. Who ever said bald was beautiful never saw my bald head. But, I survived the treatments and my hair came back.
In December I will be a 5 year survivor! Woohoo! I preach to anyone that will listen to make sure you do monthly self-breast exams and yearly mammograms. Finding the lump myself probably saved my life. My sister is now going through treatment for breast cancer. The cancer was found on a routine mammogram.