Bearing the weight of everything that comes with breast cancer – physically, mentally and emotionally – is something only those who have undergone it can understand. It’s something I know, as I write this, is an experience I can’t relate to or even try to comprehend, but one that I was recently able to get a glimpse of.
From an outside perspective, it’s often hard to imagine anyone that looks healthy, seems healthy or feels healthy, could also be dealing with cancer. But unfortunately, it’s something that’s becoming all too common, especially amongst young women.
For Dulci Edge, that was her exact story. While feeling perfectly healthy, she felt an odd lump in her breast one day. As what she thought was only a precautionary measure, especially given her age and how she felt, Dulci went in for a doctor’s appointment that ultimately would turn her life upside down. Because then, at the young age of 33 and with no history of breast cancer in her family, Dulci was diagnosed with Stage 2A, Grade 3, Triple Negative, Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer.
“I wasn’t doing regular self-checks. I wasn’t even looking for it, but I noticed something felt different one day,” Dulci said. “As women, we’re all so busy taking care of other people that we often forget to think about ourselves. It’s so easy to notice something like that and think oh, I’ll just get it checked later. But luckily, I did get this one looked at, because it ended up being pretty aggressive and requiring immediate attention.”