Tammy is a wife, mother and a radiation oncology nurse. She has spent the past 11 years since her cancer diagnosis advocating, educating and supporting fellow cancer patients. Tammy is also a member of the OneVillage Medical Review Board!
What was your cancer diagnosis and how was it discovered?
I was diagnosed with Stage 2a triple negative metaplastic carcinoma breast cancer at the age of 35. I had just given birth to my third child. About a week later I noticed a lump during a self breast exam. I figured it was just a clogged milk duct so I waited until my 6 week check up to tell my doctor. Within days of that doctors visit, I had an ultra sound, biopsy and lumpectomy. I then had 6 months of chemotherapy and 7 weeks of radiation. I'm now an 11 year breast cancer survivor.
What is the biggest piece of advice you have for newly diagnosed patients?
Be your own advocate! Work with your doctors to make the best choices for you.
What is the most important thing you learned from your cancer experience?
Allow people to help and be easy on yourself.
What was the most difficult aspect of organizing your care/community?
The most difficult aspect of organizing care is having a place for people that want to help to coordinate care.
What are three words you would use to describe your cancer experience?
grateful, challenging, changing
Are there products, services, experiences or physicians that you couldn't be without?
During my cancer experience, I could not have survived without the woman I connected who were also dealing with breast cancer. It really helps to have others who understand what you are going through.