Cancer category: Breast cancers
Cancer type: None
Binh was 22 years old when she found out she had breast cancer. Her future goals and aspirations are to go back to college, to open her own business one day, and to start a family.
“I was 22 years old, working as a bar tender and going to school. Having cancer was something that never crossed my mind until the day that I was told to go get an ultrasound for the lump on my right breast. Even after the ultrasound, the breasts exam, and the biopsy, my brain didn't process the fact that it could be cancer because in my mind, I just didn't think it was possible. I was naive and thought that I was too young and with no family history, the news hit me like a brick wall.
A big challenge for me as a young adult with cancer was the effect it had on my self-image. Soon after my lumpectomy, I started having doubts about myself. The scars were a constant reminder of my cancer. The chemotherapy took its toll on my body, I was pale and feeling nauseous and sick all the time. The first time my hair fell out was a huge blow to my self esteem but when my hair started to fall out the second time, I knew what to expect and it lessened the blow. The weight gain was ridiculous but soon after my chemotherapy and radiation, I have shed most of it off. Questions about my fertility have also left me blue but I have decided that I will cross that bridge when it comes.
Cancer did not stop me from living my life, it was a roadblock but it wasn't a dead end. I have managed to carry on; I married my husband and we started our lives together. We're happy as ever and this experience has definitely made us who we are today. I'm very fortunate and thankful to have a husband that has stuck with me and was very supportive during those tough times. With time, love, and support from my family and friends, I have overcome all the confusion and anger and am dedicated to staying in remission.
My future goals and aspirations are to re-enroll in college and getting started in business management and hopefully open my own business one day. I would also love to start a family of my own years down the line. I would like to pay tribute to my husband Dean and our families for supporting me through this journey.”