"We women are so strong; let this be your chance to prove to the world and yourself"

Nicki

“I remember being scared and wondering what is going to happen. How would I feel? What would I look like? Would I ever feel normal? Will it hurt?

“Although all these questions were racing through my head when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I wasn’t surprised. My family has a history of breast cancer. My grandmother and mother both passed away from breast cancer. I decided I was going to break the cycle and survive. I wanted to see my girls grow up and have children. Before the surgery, I was worried. I wasn’t sure I would ever feel normal. I watched and cared for my mom during her 13-year battle with the ups and downs of cancer. With all those memories still fresh on my mind, having to make a life-changing decision to have a bilateral mastectomy at the age of 30 was a pretty scary thing! I knew it was the right thing to do. I wanted to heal and move on.

“After the surgery and the reconstruction, I began to heal physically and mentally and see that this is all going to be OK! At the time, I had two young daughters at home and seeing them made me stronger. I wil be the first woman in my family to see her daughters grow up and have families, and that is definitely worth living for.”

Nicki