It’s the simple things in life that 28-year-old Pardeep Sekhon enjoys these days: playing catch with her dog Bruno, relaxing at home, and spending quality time with her husband and other family and friends. Her job as an emergency room nurse is on hold right now. She’s dealing with her own emergency– recovering from Breast cancer
Pardeep found the cancer herself. “It was just a little lump that was not moving. It felt like a pebble,” she says. She describes it as a hard lump but with no pain. That was October of 2017. She put it out of her mind for a few weeks, until December when she noticed it was still there. “Ok, I thought, let me go to emergency. I went there, they kind of turned me away and said it’s nothing. You’re young. At that time I was 27,” Pardeep says.
Pardeep says her instinct and medical background told her the lump “was” something. She got an Ultrasound, and a mammogram. “Right there, as they were doing a mammogram and I’m looking at pictures at the side of my face on their screen– I knew, boy, it’s cancerous,” says Pardeep.
The cancer was early stage, but Pardeep, chose to have a double mastectomy. While she awaits her sixth surgery, due to complications, she’s also made the choice to spread the word about early detection. “My friends, they are the same age group as me and my co-workers. I’ve been telling everybody, if you feel something, have it checked out,” she says.
A breast self exam, may have saved her life, and at 28, Pardeep Sekhon has a lot of life left to live.