My name is Bobbie Niehaus and I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31! I never imagined I had to ever worry about getting breast cancer or hearing my name in the same sentence as cancer! I can't tell you how many times I heard, "you are too young!" Well cancer doesn't discriminate! No matter your age, family history or race!
On 12-12-12, I received a phone call saying I had cancer. From that moment, my world was flipped upside. For the next two weeks, I felt like I was on a roller coaster. The cancer was only in my left bread but my risk of recurrence was high so I opted to have a bilateral mastectomy. I was scheduled for a bilateral mastectomy on 12-28-12. After healing from my surgery, and finding out my risk of recurrence was 78%. I started high dosage chemotherapy treatments on February 4, 2013 every other Monday for 4 months! After finding out I was Her 2 positive, we added a Hormone treatment, Herceptin! I would get Herceptin every 3 weeks for a year.
I lost my hair after my first treatment! I dealt with so many side effects, neuropathy, nausea, heart burn, joint pain, headaches, hot flashes, chemo brain, night sweats and extreme weakness! I was lucky to have two good days in between my treatments! After finishing my last chemotherapy treatment, we scheduled the first stage in my breast reconstruction!
My breast reconstruction was a 7 month process from August 2013 to February 2014, when I received my breast implants.
I was placed on an oral cancer pill known as Tamoxifen for 10 years! Being on Tamoxifen I deal with a lot of side effects such as joint pain, and extreme weakness!
During my fight with breast cancer, I was blessed with the support and gifts I was showered with. I want others to know, " no one fights alone."
I have started my own 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, My Pink Navigator, INC.
My mission is to eliminate barriers and provide organization in the lives of breast cancer patients through support and navigation!