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Things Don’t Always Go As Planned

By Julie Pabian

October 12, 2016

Breast Cancer runs in my family. For years my OB-GYN told me to get my baseline mammogram done once I turned 35. Like so many other women, I wasn’t doing monthly self breast exams. I was young and invincible. “I’m Julie for Heaven’s sake!” I was given my life changing diagnosis, over the phone, when I was 35. Why me?

The cancer was found in my right breast. Now what? I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction. Over the last 6 years I’ve had numerous surgeries, countless infections, and been on a roller coaster of emotions. With Breast Cancer, things don’t always go as planned. You learn to roll with the punches, adapt to change and make sacrifices. It is a huge step forward when you figure out it’s not all about ME … it’s about US! Breast Cancer has restored my faith, saved my marriage and strengthened my family.

My cancer diagnosis has given me a new sense of purpose and taught me to make better choices. I’ve greatly improved my health and now use my enthusiasm, my voice, and my experiences to show others the positives to help them through the difficult times. I still fear the unknown, but I know no matter where my journey takes me, there will always be someone who can benefit from my love for life.