” I was getting dressed one morning and literally by accident felt a lump.” It was a moment Brook Killingsworth of Visalia will likely never forget. When she found a strange sore spot that felt like a smashed grape in her right breast.
She thought it might be a cyst. A mammogram… came back normal… But her doctor also called for an ultrasound.
“So when the ultrasound technician looked at it, there was definitely something going on there that was unusual,” says Brook. It was not a cyst, and a biopsy confirmed it was breast cancer . Early stage, but an aggressive form. “I think the biggest obstacle for me was dealing with the unknown and battling back the fear,” Brook says.
But battle she did. 16 weeks of treatment and surgery to remove Brook’s right breast followed. She documented her journey in a blog that explained her treatment choices, and the realities of fighting breast cancer: the hair loss, the exhaustion, the sickness following chemotherapy, and the impact on her two teenage sons. “I just looked at it like it was medicine. Like this is what’s going to make me better. It’s going to get rid of the cancer.” Brook says.
Now, four years later, Brook’s cancer battle is a distant memory. But she shares her story whenever she can to help others. “Be very proactive and take responsibility for your health. There’s a lot they can do if they catch it early,” says Brook.
Brook Killingsworth’s Blog can be found here: https://brooksbreastcancerblog.blogspot.com/