HERStory: Breast Cancer Survivor – JASSE DICKENS

October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a cancer survivor as anyone who has ever had cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the rest of their life. There are now nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States, according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). SexyMomsROCK celebrates the life and continued fight of the mothers, sisters, aunts, and women who survived and continue to thrive despite a breast cancer diagnosis. YOU ARE A SURVIVOR!

Here is the testimony of Sexy Mom Jasse Dickens:

“On May 6th I had my annual woman’s exam. That exam consisted of a very quick breast exam performed by an OB/GYN. The exam results were regular and did not present any concerns for my doctor.

Two weeks later on May 19th after having one of my many long conversations with my mother I told her I had an bump under my arm that had been there for sometime. I explained to her I wasn’t concerned about it because more than likely it was an ingrown hair and also I had just had  a woman’s wellness exam and there were no concerns that the doctor had. My mother insisted that I should not have a bump so close to my breast and that I should do a self exam to ensure that everything is ok. That evening after feeding my baby I did a self breast exam and at first touch I felt a lump in my left breast.

Jasse DickensThat morning I called my primary care doctor about the lump and she asked me to come in that afternoon for her to check for herself. In my mind I was thinking “there’s nothing to worry about Jasse, you just had a breast exam two weeks ago!” My next thought was ” You just finish breastfeeding, it’s nothing but milk ducts!” However my heart told me stay on top of it.

I went to the appointment that afternoon and my primary doctor confirm that I indeed had a lump in my left breast and scheduled a mammogram for the following day. One mammogram led to an ultrasound, one ultrasound led to a biopsy, one biopsy led to me being diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer on May 28, 2015.

If you have never been told that you have Cancer, you should thank God that you have never experienced that kind of pain. However, if you have been told that you have Cancer you know the numbing feeling that comes over your entire body. It is the loudest silence that you have ever heard and for me followed by a flood of tears. May 28th was the darkest day of my life. I quickly spun a web of confusion in my mind: God why me? God I have a baby to take care of? What do I do now ?

Since the day of my diagnosis I have gone through so many emotions, ups, downs, highs and lows. Then one day I decided to calm myself and Let God. I put it ALL in Gods hands. I refused to let a cancer diagnosis eat away at me. I had my family to hold me when I was weak and God to strengthen me mentally and physically for my journey.

On June 4th I met with the breast surgeon and I asked him one simple question “If I was your child what would you suggest I do?” he responded without hesitation “Jasse you should have a mastectomy.” At 34 years old, a wife, and a mother I was faced with deciding should I have a mastectomy, while most women my age were deciding what they would be having for dinner.

Armed with the love of my husband and my mother, I made the best decision for me and on July 7th I had a bilateral mastectomy.
I am not sharing this information for sympathy or for likes, I am sharing this because a simple conversation with my mother and a breast exam done by myself saved my life. Insurance companies have women wait until they are 40 to have their first mammogram. Had I not followed my heart who’s to say what stage my breast cancer would have been at the age of 40.

Overall, I can say I’ve learned a lot in these last months. I’ve learned I am stronger than I thought. I now know for a fact that God is EVERYWHERE and He is REAL! I felt prayers literally give me the strength I needed to smile and face every day. I know that I am here for a reason. Lastly that God wants me to be an advocate for young women taking control of their health and not leaving it up to the doctors. Most importantly I praise God because as of July 10th I have been declared Cancer Free! I am a SURVIVOR!!!!!!!”

If you have a family history of breast cancer or are concerned about your status, perform monthly self exams, know the warning signs, and consult your physician.

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