After having noticed a few other medical issues in 2018, I decided to go and see my late grandmother’s doctor that I had seen a few years prior. I was thankful she knew so much about my family history and how much I loved and still love my grandmother. I had noticed a lump in my chest, purely by accident. I wasn’t supposed to go have a mammogram until 35. I had hoped I wouldn’t have to face what so many have faced before me...but I bravely went through all the steps. I was surprised at how very costly it all was, even with insurance and I couldn’t imagine what would have happened if I hadn’t had it.
Fast forward through what seems like ages ago I received a Diagnostic Mammogram (my first mammogram ever) with Ultrasound, and I was told it did have red flags that prompted a Biopsy. The weeks flew by in a blur, and I was ready for everything in my life to return to normal. However, on Friday, February 1st I received a call stating I had a positive result for stage 2B breast cancer at 33 years of age. I went through all the stages of grief, denial and shock, before I realized I owed this to myself, my family, my friends... but especially to my grandmother to beat this awful disease, because she did not. She was a fighter and I am too, but it brought up so many memories that are still etched in my mind. I had just begun a budding career designing for California Closets less than a year before, and quickly realized this wouldn’t be a quick process whatsoever and would be very costly.
I was diagnosed with HER 2+, which is a more aggressive type of breast cancer. With this news, my life transformed into full survivor mode. I was forced to put everything I had planned on hold, and I began to build a treatment plan with a team of oncologists to fight this at MD Anderson.
Now 3 years cancer free, I have a whole new perspective on life! I cherish it much more, taking time to really enjoy my family and friends, and I have learned to find the silver lining in everything and pay attention to all of the little things! It was my faith in God and hope that I have in Him that helped me get through a time that was not only traumatizing for me, but very scary.
Early detection is key! Check on your loved ones and make sure you are getting your mammograms in a timely fashion! Jeremiah 29:11
BAMBI RAE COLLECTIONS IS HONORED TO HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF FEATURING DENIECIA AS THIS WEEK'S BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR! THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY & MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR JOURNEY!