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Feroza Harris – Cancer Stories of Hope #CANSA90

I’m Feroza Harris. I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer (left side) in 2018. I was told that only a section of my breast will be cut away to remove the cancer. I however opted to have mastectomy (scared that it would return if a portion of my breast was still there), which was followed by chemotherapy at Gatesville Medical Centre and thereafter radiation treatment at N1 City.

Due to having a stroke in 2011 causing my entire right side to be weak and fragile, the additional weight of my right breast suddenly created more challenges. In 2020 I had a right breast mastectomy as well. If I could give anyone advice about removing one or both breasts, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell them to remove both breasts, because of all the hassle of going through finding something comfortable to complement your other breast and then trying not to make it look weird (one bigger than the other). It is way too stressful with everything else we have to worry about. Or at least that we are paranoid about!

Sometimes I think I’m just being paranoid. But then again I have every right to be. After being told that cancer wasn’t detected on the mammogram twice in 2016 and 2017, when I felt the small little “pea like” node that played a disappearing act everytime I went for a mammogram. Every ache or cramp sent my mind straight into overdrive.

It’s when the ‘What ifs’ begin…

Alhamdulielaah, taking it one day at a time and so Grateful & Blessed to still be here with my husband and children.

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