When was your last breast exam?

By: A Breast Cancer Survivor

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It was May 11, 2014, Mother’s Day. I was taking a shower when I remembered what my doctor had always told me when I went for my yearly physical exams. “Cassandra” he would say, “do a breast self-exam in the shower so it will be easier to detect anything out of the norm”. So I did, and what I found I thought would change my life forever. There was a quarter-sized lump on the right side of my breast, just near my armpit. 

At first I did not think too much of it. I know that women naturally have lumpy and bumpy breast tissue. Nevertheless, I went to the doctor the next day because I knew it was what I was supposed to do. My doctor examined me and then had me take a mammogram and ultrasound. Well, it came back positive for stage 2 breast cancer (Triple Negative). At first I felt like I was having an out of body experience. Was she talking about me? Was I really having this conversation with her about breast cancer? 

My first thought was fear of the unknown and I started to pray. Shortly after a male technician who was also a cancer survivor came into my room. He took my hand and looked straight into my eyes. He said, “Cassandra, you are going to live”. I know he was sent from God because such a peace came over me. Peace that only God can give. God’s word says in John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift; peace of mind and heart. So don’t be troubled or afraid”. That was exactly what I needed to walk through that process in faith. 

God had already healed me! I was made whole, no matter what the doctors said or X-rays would show. The healing had begun in my mind. Thoughts of life and not death had torn down the strongholds of fear and uncertainty. The Bible says we are to fix our thoughts on what is true and His word is truth. God had already equipped me with the “weapons” necessary to win. All I had to do was receive it.

It has been over two years since my diagnosis but it does not seem like I actually went through a battle. Now I know why the Lord says, “the battle is not mine”. Though I have moments of insecurities, I don’t stay in that place for long. My faith continues to empower me while I endure this path; never giving up and only seeking after the best God has for me. I pray you do the same.

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When was your last breast exam?