My name is Claudia, and I’m a patient of Dr. Noel Natoli. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 24th 2020. I was the one who felt a lump on my breast. And I got in touch with my gynecologist right away. They did a sonogram and a mammogram, and they find out that it was not looking good. They send me to get a biopsy and on March 24th, that’s when they got the results and they told me that it was breast cancer.
It was really like not well taken because, honestly, I wasn’t expecting that. And I got together with my children, we’d sit down, we talk about it. I got the support from them, from the family and friends, and it was good. It was good for me to feel strong enough to face whatever was coming after that.
Since I got diagnosed, I knew that the tumor was going to be very aggressive. I was not going to be able to go back to work. It was five long months of treatment, being really sick most of the time. Like the more that I get my chemo, it was like more for me to recover. After when I was done, it was just getting my body prepared for the surgery.
When I had my double mastectomy, I have my breast reconstruct the same day. When they did the surgery, the lymph nodes that they remove, they being tested on pathology right when I’m getting the surgery. They came out negative, but then they run them again for another checkup. And one of them has a little cell of cancer. That’s why I have to have radiation and chemo again.
My strength of course is always my children and my granddaughter. Also, family having, like I said, having my mom here, it was a really good support. And friends. It was a long path I have to go through. And then I finally have my, like the nipples, that it was the finish of my reconstruction that was done in April of 2021.
I feel blessed. I feel alive and thankful for all the people that was surround me. All the doctors and nurses and all the staff that helped me go through this. And like I said, again, my family. But I feel good. I feel strong. I’m still battling the side effects of the chemo. But besides that, I feel good. I feel great that I can walk by myself that I can do so many things that I was not able to do a couple of months ago.
I’m looking forward for me to be well enough, back to work, be the same person that I used to be, independent. And trying to finish raising my son so he can just go to college. And that’s a blessing.