“Once you learn you have cancer, the first thing you think about is your family. It can be, and it will be, overwhelming.”
Lisa Lynch remembers the date: 4-4-14. It was the day she learned she had breast cancer. Previous mammograms had detected a suspicious area that had slowly grown larger. Follow-up appointments and a biopsy confirmed the worst.
On that day, everything was put on hold—even her upcoming
wedding. The prospect of planning a wedding and fighting breast cancer at the same time would be too much to deal with. And as Lisa said, the diagnosis was overwhelming enough.
“Once you learn you have cancer, the first thing you think about is your family,” she said. “It can, and it will be, overwhelming. There are so many appointments, so much information. But I never asked ‘why me?’
“Fortunately my family was a good support system. And I know God doesn’t make mistakes. He has a purpose for everything.”
The cancer was stage one, but it was a very aggressive type. Lisa had to have ten lymph nodes removed, her right breast removed, and was scheduled to undergo chemotherapy. Because there was cancer on both sides of her family, she decided to have genetic testing to see if she carried the BRCA gene. Thankfully, she did not. The Nash Breast Care Center’s nurse navigator provided genetic counseling as well as education and guidance. For Lisa, this knowledge turned out to be a blessing.