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Stick It To Cancer! 35-Year-Old Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Her Story With The World To Help Other Women

Date November 28, 2018 19:34

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers, and for those who get it, it often strikes unexpectedly. That was the case for Micha Logan, who was only 31 at the time of her diagnosis. Having no family history of the disease, Micha didn’t see it coming, but she faced it bravely and now shares her story to help other women.

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Micha’s story

In the summer of 2013, Micha has some period issues and saw her doctor, she wrote in her story for Love What Matters. She also got a breast exam, and the nurse felt something was off. Micha recalled:

When the nurse practitioner was doing her check she asked me when the last time was I did a self-breast examination, and I had no answer. I was like, ‘umm,’ – and before I left I was scheduled to go in for a mammogram the next day.

The mammogram and further tests confirmed Micha’s doctor’s worst suspicion: it was cancer. The disease had progressed to stage 2.

The young woman was floored when she heard the news. How could this happen to her, a healthy young woman with no family history of the disease?

Micha started chemo and radiation to shrink the tumor. Her hair fell out sooner than she had expected, but she took the side effect in her stride and came to like her new look. She wrote:

I was a baldie! It was weird, but I embraced it and I’ve been rocking a short haircut ever since.

Micha, a radio personality, didn’t take time off work during treatment since work was a good distraction. She told her relatives, friends, and fellow church members about the diagnosis, and they all prayed for her health.

After several months of grueling treatment, she had a lumpectomy on October 22, 2013. Luckily for her, a mastectomy wasn’t needed. The lumpectomy was followed by 37 radiation treatments. In January 2014, Micha was finally able to breathe out a sigh of relief: the treatment was over.

In the coming years, life delivered more major blows: Micha lost her grandmother, dad, and aunt to cancer. Micha’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer this spring but managed to beat it.

Reflecting on her recovery and losing her loved ones to cancer, Micha wrote:

This process is different for everyone. You never know what’s to come along the way, even in remission.  Did I have bad days? Yes! I also had good days, more good days than bad, even despite the loss of my loved ones. It’s still very painful but I was determined to live a great life throughout my process. I did, and I am. I had cancer, but cancer didn’t have me.

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How often women need to get breast cancer screenings

Breast cancer is highly treatable if found early. For early detection, women should check their breasts regularly and have all the necessary screening tests recommended by doctors.

All women should be familiar with their breasts and check them every few weeks for any unusual changes, such as lumps. If you see or feel anything unusual about your breasts, be sure to tell your doctor about it.

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As for screenings, the American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40 for women at average risk of the disease. After age 55, they may start getting mammograms every two years.

Women at higher risk may need to start getting screened earlier, and they may also need additional imaging tests such as MRIs. If you have a family history of breast cancer or have had radiation treatment to the chest, talk to your doctor about your options.

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