Heather Hassenplug

Mar 5, 2023

When they first found cancer, it was just some cells, so I opted for a lumpectomy. It was quick and I felt a sense of relief. But I have a mutation in PALB2 in my DNA, so my body will not repair cancer cells. With this knowledge I knew the cancer would be back.

I went to all my screenings and worked on healthy living. But as I expected it came back in a short two years. This time it was more aggressive, and I now had an actual tumor. I went with a more aggressive treatment this round—I had a double mastectomy last June, and I completed 20 weeks of chemotherapy.

What helps me is my friends and family. They keep me positive; they remind me to lean on my faith and on them. I pray every day for God’s strength.