|ZRT guest blogger Tina Mattern|
As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to broaden the conversation about breast health, ZRT Lab invited several breast cancer survivors to tell their stories.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 1999, I was convinced that my life as I'd known it was never going to be the same.
I knew, of course, that many women survive, but I also knew that in spite of treatment, 1 in 3 will still die. These were horrifying statistics.
The only treatment options that were being thrust on me were every bit as frightening: Mastectomy or Radiation or Chemotherapy and a nightmarish hormone-blocking drug called Tamoxifen, which would increase my risk of developing uterine cancer by 60%.
Each one of these treatments had the potential to ultimately cause death in its own right. How could I possibly choose between them? It seemed like there wasn't an acceptable solution...I was going to suffer, no matter what I chose.