April A Diagnosed at age 32
As an oncology nurse, April felt defeated after her breast cancer diagnosis. She was diagnosed just a day after delivering her second son, Ashton. "I never thought I had breast cancer."
When April first felt the lump, she chalked it up to her milk coming in. She had breastfed her first son, Aiden until he was 18 months old and had plans to breastfeed Ashton. But at 39 weeks, the lump became "excruciatingly" painful. She went to her doctor who sent her for an ultrasound that showed an abnormality that required a biopsy.
April gave birth to her son, Ashton, on June 27, 2022. The next day, on June 28th, April’s doctor told her and her husband that she had State II Breast cancer. On June 29th, April had numerous tests, a CT scan, PET scan and port placement. April also learned that her breast cancer was hormone driven and cancer cells (?) were detected in three lymph nodes.
As an oncology nurse for the past 11 years, April was suddenly having to make decisions she had never thought she'd have to make. As a new mother, she was immediately feeling like she was being pulled away from Ashton.
April and Leo want to have more children and the news of a hormone driven cancer forced them to discuss the possibility of having another child. April and her doctor landed on a decision that allows her to take a hormone agent to preserve her ovaries. It is shot that she takes every month. When she hits the two-year mark, she wants to talk about having another child.
April has always wanted to be someone who took care of others. April remembers seeing her aunt working as nurse and knew she wanted to become an oncology nurse at a young age. Helping people feel better and fixing them was something she always wanted to do.
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