After learning my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40, my gynecologist suggested that I start getting screened when I turned 30. This was something that I had been very diligent about. In early 2015 I went for my yearly mammogram and it came back perfect.
After visiting with a breast doctor she asked about my genetic testing I did a year prior and I realized I had never heard the results. What happened next was a series of little mistakes, misunderstandings, and a misdiagnosis that led the doctor to order a MRI. That MRI caught my cancer growing.
After surgery, my doctor expressed gratitude that it was caught so early. She said that I would have had a major problem by the end of the year if it had not been caught. My mom moved in with me and my husband to help with our kids and of course take care of me. My co-workers pulled over $900 together to buy me a new easy chair for after surgery. They also delivered meals daily and took a giant portrait of me around to multiple places at work to send me pictures throughout my recovery to cheer me up.
The support and love I received from my friends, family, and coworkers was overwhelming. My heart is full of gratitude for the doctors in my life, mistakes being made, finding the cancer, and all of the amazing people in my life.
Katie Lewis pictured here with her mother, husband and children.