My name is Danielle, I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 26 years old. I had chemotherapy, radiation, a double mastectomy, and a full breast reconstruction.
My journey was difficult, never did I think I would be diagnosed with cancer so young. I even had a burst and gangrenous appendix during chemo. I have a rare gene mutation that neither of my parents have, so it was in my best interest to have a double mastectomy sooner rather than later.
It’s one thing to be told you have cancer in your 20s but losing a part of your womanhood at age 27 was another hardship I had to face head on.
The journey was expensive, and to have a breast reconstruction meant I could have been waiting up to 3 years in the public system to have the operation done. Sleapy’s Foundation assisted my journey financially so I could receive the best medical and health result necessary.
My age concerned my doctors, and for me I wanted to have this surgery done with the surgeons I had with me since I was diagnosed.
Without Sleapy’s Foundation I wouldn’t be where I am today. The surgery I had to have was around 6-8 hours long, and to also know that my family could visit me whenever they wanted to was incredibly comforting.
I’m a young breast cancer survivor that has been supported by Sleapy’s Foundation.