My Story

 

My name is Alex Whitaker, and I have breast cancer.

← Those are some words I truly never thought I'd be saying.

So how did I get here? It all started with the sticky boob that saved my life. In January 2018, as I was getting ready for a night out with friends, I was putting on a sticky bra and noticed a lump that I had never felt before. I didn't think too much of it but remembered it the next morning at breakfast and asked my friend who is a nurse for her thoughts. We all agreed it was probably nothing, due to my age and lack of family history, but I decided to go to the gynecologist to get it checked out for peace of mind.

She too thought it was benign and nothing to worry about, but referred me to an imaging office and I scheduled a ultrasound and mammogram. At that appointment, the specialists could see a mass but couldn't tell what exactly was going on without further testing.

Next, I scheduled an appointment for a breast biopsy and, let me tell you, not a fun experience. My entire right breast was black and blue and extremely tender for weeks afterward. Y'all, the photo below was over 2 weeks after it was performed!

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At this point, all I could do was wait for the results, but I still wasn't worried. However, on February 8, 2018, my worst fears were confirmed when I received the call that would change my life.

The weeks that followed were a blur of doctors appointments and exams- breast surgeon, plastic surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and fertility specialists... it was so overwhelming! I learned I had Stage 1, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and my doctors had determined the first step in my treatment process would be chemotherapy.

And that's where I am currently folks. Fighting the good fight and taking it all one day at a time. Once I complete my chemo rounds, I'll be prepping my body for a double mastectomy surgery and the breast reconstruction surgeries that will follow.

It's going to be a hell of a road but I'm committed to sharing each and every step with you. I couldn't find a community out there of young people sharing their stories, so I hope to not only be a voice for awareness, but to also create a supportive community of fellow warriors.

I want to inspire all my followers to live their lives to the fullest. Know that no matter what you're facing in life, whatever challenge or obstacle that might be, it will get better. You GOT this Titty Committee!

Feel free to follow me on social media via the links below or the hashtag, #WhittysTittyCommittee. Reach out to me at any time with questions, words of support or just to say hi. I'd love to hear from ya!