The Breastlink Angels 2014 calendar featured many inspiring breast cancer patient stories. Shawnie’s non-invasive, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) story was presented in the September chapter.
My Breast Cancer Story | Shawnie S.
- Diagnosis – October 2010
- Non-invasive DCIS
When my Mom was 49 years old she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I wasn’t involved with her treatment because I was running around trying to get my life together. Her breast cancer metastasized to her bones after 5 years of fighting the disease.
With this knowledge I knew I had to keep checking myself so I could hopefully catch my breast cancer early if I were to get it. At the age of 49, I was diagnosed with DCIS Non-invasive Breast Cancer.
The good news is, I caught it early. The bad news was the results from my genetics test came back positive for the BRCA2 gene. I have two daughters and they wanted to be tested. The results are that one has the gene and one doesn’t. So my wish is for all of our daughters to have great access to high quality cancer treatment. With the way our technology is improving breast cancer will be something of the past.
I have been a tennis player most of my life and tennis has carried me through the ups and downs of life. I currently teach tennis at Tustin Hills Racquet Club. When I was diagnosed with cancer it shook my world and shocked every tennis player that I have taught for 30 years. With their support and my determination, my first priority was to get back on the court and start teaching again. I wanted my life back!
After many setbacks from my surgeries, I worked really hard in physical therapy to get my body back. I have become a big advocate for many women to always pay attention to whether their family has a history of breast cancer and to have regular mammograms. They are Life Savers.
I am one of the lucky ones who received all of my care at Breastlink. This is an incredible center with amazing people who make you feel like everything is going to turn out great.