Breast Tumor: Angela's Story - Episode 2
Angela's story continues with the immediate removal of her tumor. She reflects on some of the most painful memories from her experience & illustrates the importance of health awareness.
After that month they probably brought me in with the next week to give me surgery and it was an outpatient procedure and it didn't feel like it was going to be so painful afterwards, but it was probably - after a couple hours after the anesthesia it was like one of the most excruciating pains I've ever had in my life. I guess once the medicine wore off, it just - it was so painful and it was hard to walk, it was hard to do anything. The medication made me sick. The biggest problem was probably not knowing, like having that fear and we read about so many different things in the news that everything causes cancer. So when you're waiting and you don't, you're in that not-knowing stage, that was probably more upsetting than even going through the pain.
It's always good to make sure you check and be careful with yourself and go to your annual appointments even if it's - you think they're silly and stupid. It really is beneficial for your health.
Being 16 with breast tumor was definitely a hard obstacle at the time, but it pushed me in more positive directions. I know to be more careful and more aware of my health. And now the only thing I have from it is like a little - a little scare. It just reminds me that you have to take care of your body, take care of your mind and overall you'll push through.