Eighteen months ago, I was following up on a lump that I had. I had it examined and was told it was fibrous tissue and to come back if it got bigger. I should have gone four months earlier than I did. I had been to the radiologist many times and was always told that everything was fine. NOT this time. I had a mass that was found by an ultrasound that needed to be checked immediately.
At the age of 24 I thought my worst problems were getting over a bad break up and finding the right career, but once I thought I hit rock bottom, being diagnosed with breast cancer really put things into perspective.
Work, workouts and partying on weekends suddenly turned into doctors appointments, chemo treatments and sick days in bed! My most troubling questions went from “should I move out this year?” to “should I get my breast removed?”
Erna Vitullo is a breast cancer survivor who has also spoken about her journey at past Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation events
On June 23, 2010 I noticed a lump in my breast. I called St. Michael’s hospital that night and within no time I had my appointment. After going through all the tests, they confirmed I had Stage 1 Class C breast cancer that was already aggressive, but contained. This was during the summertime and the hospital told me that I might have to wait for surgery. I wanted it removed right away – luckily they had a cancellation and on Aug. 16, 2010 I had my surgery.
Colleen Curtis was the survivor guest speaker at the 2013 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in Mississauga on Oct. 6.