Ela Kabiri Browder

Welcome to my cancer survivor journey.

In 2014, I was diagnosed with non-cancerous Lobular Carcinoma In Situ (LCIS) after an annual mammogram. Specialists reassured me that LCIS meant I had a small, increased chance of developing breast cancer, so I continued with annual mammograms and saw a high-risk breast care specialist once a year to monitor my health. I had two more benign lumpectomies in 2016 and in 2017.

In 2020, when COVID-19 drove everyone into lockdown, I considered postponing my annual mammogram since the report had been good the year before but kept the appointment. Thank God I did because the mammogram revealed Grade 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma that was ER positive, PR positive, and HER-2 positive (Triple Positive) in one of my breasts. I was devastated but underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy infusions for a year to get well. I am incredibly grateful for the love and support of family and friends throughout my diagnosis and hope that by sharing my journey someone else may benefit from my experience.

“I believe in the sun even when it is not shining; in love even when I am alone; and in God even when He is silent”

(inscription found on the wall of a German concentration camp)

“You are braver than you believe, smarter than you seem, and stronger than you think”

A. A. Milne

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