It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we turned our blog over to Post Associate Faculty member Kristen Scantling, who shared recently a photo on Instagram that caught our attention. We asked if she would share her story.
In this blog, Kristen reminds women why early detection saves lives. Here is her story. Remember, this is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Your healthcare provider should be a resource for questions and health information.
My name is Kristen Scantling and I want to share my breast cancer story to spread awareness and help others through early detection.
I am 40-years old and this year was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer after my first mammogram.
After the first screening, they told me there was a finding and to come back in for a re-check. When I went back in the doctor casually said she found a small, shaded area that looked slightly abnormal. She calmly stated that she felt comfortable waiting six months and checking it again. Six months seemed like a long time for me. I asked her if there is anything else, I could do. She told me that I could have a biopsy it now and know for sure. Without hesitation, I said BIOPSY! A few months, three doctors, and two lumpectomies later, they removed four invasive tumors out of my left breast. Four!
I am a patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering getting amazing care. I received 20 rounds of radiation treatment and happy to say I am currently cancer-free! I try to stay positive and strong. I will continue to do whatever it takes to STAY cancer-free. Post University’s mantra of “be proud, be happy” continues to inspire me to be my best self every single day.
I felt compelled to share my story and to try to help others. Let’s all be proud and happy together!
Here are my tips to help you:
- Please go to the doctor if you are overdue for any exams or routine checkups. Don’t delay!
- Always advocate for yourself and your health, you have to speak up! (Bring support if you need it.)
- When there is the slightest bit of doubt/abnormality in any test make sure to demand a biopsy. If I had waited the 6 months like the doctor said, my story could be drastically different.
I have been very open with my journey. I want to spread awareness of screenings and help others as much as I can. Sharing my story on social media has gotten 20+ women to get their mammograms. How many more can we add?
You can find me on Instagram @smiling_through_cancer
Much Love, Kristen
**Remember, this is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Your healthcare provider should be a resource for questions and health information