So long story short, I have breast cancer. A lump was found in my left breast during my routine mammogram. It’s not the first time I had a lump actually. It was my first mammogram after I turned 40 but not my first mammogram ever. The radiologist didn’t like the way it looked and then decided to biopsy it the next morning. I knew when my physician Dr. Tsai called me that it wasn’t good. I could hear it in her voice.
They did gene mapping. I’m shocked that I don’t have any of the breast cancer genes because I fully expected them to find something. Back during my first scare, the first time a few years ago when a lump was found, I kept things largely private. This time I decided to go public, for the simple reason that I want more people in my life and who hear about my breast cancer to get mammograms. I have 2 friends who I encouraged to get mammograms after me who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The decision was made to do a single mastectomy. The reasoning was simple. They found another mass deeper in my breast but that mass was too deep to biopsy. Also, I wanted to make sure they got it all as the lump was very close to my arm pit and lymph nodes on the left breast and left side.
I had a mastectomy on November 9th. Thankfully, they allowed Kenny in to be with me beforehand and afterwards. I’m not going to lie. The fact that he’s a doctor with Dignity Health likely had something to do with it. I woke up in pain and with a blood catheter coming out of my side. It’s still there. I want to rip it out. It’s been a week since my mastectomy. I’m still experiencing some pain but it’s not that bad. I’m sleeping sitting up and propped up with lots of pillows on my side.
Mostly, I’ve been trying to rest and watching a lot of Chinese dramas. Kenny took a week off of work to take care of me. I’m on a cancer diet. That means no sugar, alcohol, beef or pork. I eat a lot of fruits and veggies and vitamins. My anxiety has peaked. I’ve really had about all this year I can handle.
I’m not going to lie. This is not a pleasant experience. It sucks. Cancer sucks. I’m in pain. I’m physically and emotionally tired. But I am resolving to beat the s*** out of this cancer. I will rise above all the horrors of this year. But let’s be honest, 2020 has been a complete trainwreck.
Please pray for my pain to subside and for me to get back to normal as soon as possible. I send you all love and blessings.
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Dr. Jacqueline "Jax" Cheung grew up in Sacramento, California. She is a Christian Wife, Proud Mom,DrPH, MBA, Foodie, Writer, Blogger, Adoption Advocate, ESFJ, & Breast Cancer Survivor. Jax is the owner of the award winning Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption Ministry. She is also the Editor-In-Chief of the Elk Grove Tribune, and freelances for Sacramento4Kids, and many other publications. She was voted Sacramento Area A-List Best Local Blogger 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018 and Best of Elk Grove Best Blogger 2016 & 2017. In 2019 Jax was recognized for Outstanding Service & Dedication to Elk Grove and also received an Award of Recognition from the California State Senate. Jax is married to Dr. Kenneth Cheung (Kenny). Jax and Kenny live in Elk Grove, California and have 2 daughters named Roxy and Carissa, 1 dog named Marshmallow, and 3 cats named Mochi, Miso, and Mango. To follow her journey please like her Jax Chronicles Facebook page, follow her Instagram @jaxchronicles, follow her Twitter @jaxchronicles, or check out Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption ministry.