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I’m Erika and I am a Breast Cancer Survivor. 

I was at home one evening just chilling before bed when I decided to do a self-breast exam and felt a lump. On January 25, 2018, I was diagnosed, stage 2 triple positive invasive carcinoma. 

Treatment plan moved forward pretty fast, I survived 6 rounds of a chemo cocktail (6mths) and 12 rounds of Herceptin. We decided to skip Radiation. I had a double mastectomy with a delayed reconstruction, tested positive for a gene mutation PALB2 in which pushed me to get a full hysterectomy as well. I got the reconstruction done in May 2019 and I am now in recovering from it all. 

I have 5 yrs of hormone therapy (to prevent the cancer from returning) that I’m working through now. Cancer has taken a lot from me but it has also given me a sense of purpose, it has brought amazing people into my life. 

I hope my journey inspires you to never give up!

I am grateful to be alive today and to be able to enjoy life with my daughter. 


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