Fight The Fight! Find The Cure!
Premier Mushrooms is once again honored and humbled to continue supporting Amber Spence and the City of Hope during breast cancer awareness month! Last year Amber proudly shared her story with the world, believing that no one should have to take the journey alone. Please take a moment to learn more about Amber and her courageous battle with breast cancer.
“Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States. More than 182,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. The chance of a woman having breast cancer sometime during her life is 1 in 8. Early detection is key in the treatment of breast cancer.”
The Story of Amber Spence
Amber Spence, Breast Cancer Survivor
As I approach my seventh surgery, I'm filled with a sense of hope.
My name is Amber Spence. I am 48 years old and a breast cancer survivor. One of the key reasons I am here today to share my unfortunately common story, is due to early detection through routine screening.
In late 2009, after my annual mammogram, I was shocked to be diagnosed with both lobular and ductile breast cancer. 2010 was filled with fear, anxiety and faith shaking concerns not to mention a total of six surgeries. With determination and a positive focus toward healing I felt both grateful and blessed to be cancer free by early 2011!
I thought for sure I was finally on my way to resuming a normal life. Unfortunately, the road to "normal" for many breast cancer survivors can be met with unexpected twist and turns. I found myself thankful to be alive but at the same time I was experiencing feelings of anger, disappointment and of course the never answered question of "why me"? The doctors are great at getting you through the difficult surgeries but when the magic of a skilled surgeon's hands is complete, you are left picking up the pieces of the new you. A simple first look in the mirror stirs indescribable emotions. Questions such as: "will I ever be the same", "will my family still see me as me and not the altered me", "will I ever see myself as me again?"
As time has passed, the physical scars have all but healed. Now confronted with overwhelming emotions, I find myself nearly depleted of the physical strength needed to combat the ongoing battles of accepting the so called "new me". Surely I was not brought into this world to be in a constant state of confusion. I always felt I knew exactly what my purpose was in this life. Yet post diagnosis, I frequently find myself almost completely unsure and lost. Faith and determination have always been at the center of my existence. This has never been truer as each day I am grateful for being a survivor and not a casualty in this war on cancer. I daily thank Him, our God and Creator, for sparing me and guiding me through each and every day. I consider myself truly blessed to have the love and support of so many amazing friends and a wonderful family. My prayers continue to be answered each day evidenced by my ability to write this story and share my experience.
As indicated, I am filled with hope. Yes, I do feel this next surgery will move me even closer to the natural appearance which was ripped from me by the initial finding of breast cancer. Perhaps however; I am filled with hope because the realization that my life has been spared for a reason becomes more evident with each passing day. Do I understand completely? No, but I am confident and faith filled that my life will have greater meaning and this meaning will be shown to me at the right time.
For anyone affected by this disease, I am here to tell you there is a tomorrow and with the right focus you too can be a survivor.