Paola Ramirez, Breast Cancer Fighter

“I felt a lump in my breast back in 2016 but I thought it was just fat.”

Paola didn’t have any family history of breast cancer, in fact most women with breast cancer don’t have a family history of the disease. Only about 13 percent of women diagnosed have a first-degree female relative (mother, sister or daughter) with breast cancer [111].

“Months passed by and I felt that it was growing and getting bigger. In February 2017, I went to make an appointment with my doctor, but they didn’t give me an appointment until May 2017 because they thought I was okay and because I didn’t have family history I thought it was just a cyst.”

Two days after Paola’s biopsy she got a call from her doctors.

“I got diagnosed with stage 3 ductal breast cancer. When I got the news my whole world just fell on me I couldn’t believe it, my family couldn’t believe it.” 

Paola has undergone one set of chemo and is currently on her second set with three more to go afterwards before she gets her surgery. 

“It’s kind of hard sometimes when you see that mostly all of your friends your age are having babies and going to school and you are fighting to get better. I try not to get depressed. I know God is here with me and things will get better.”