Allison Taylor

How did you first learn you had breast cancer?

This past April , I turned 30 years old. This past August made 2 years for me being a breast cancer survivor. In August 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I decided to go to the doctor after feeling a lump in my right breast, after seeing my doctor for a previous follow-up and they scheduled me for an appointment at the breast center.

How did that make you feel?

When I received the news, the only thing i could think of was why me and just started to cry. While I was crying, my brother called my parents and told them what was going on. A couple of hours later, I was able to calm myself down. While waiting on my parents to come from Charleston to Columbia, I kept saying "Lord I am leaving it in your hands".

What did you do?

A couple of days later, my doctor had me scheduled for an MRI, and an appointment to meet with a surgeon and oncologist. I did one year of Chemo and 8 weeks of radiation. Before they did my radiation, they did a lumpectomy. I was still able to work while I was doing my treatments. I also kept a positive attitude during the process.

How did your family react?

My family was really supportive and kept me in their prayers. If they had any emotions, than they did not show it. They stayed positive and strong.

What advice would you give others?

Please don't hesitate to get check out if you feel a lump. Self breast exams and mammograms are really important. For breast cancer patients and survivors "stay strong".

How do you feel now?

If it was not for God, my parents, family, nurses, doctors and friends, than I do not know how I would have made it through my treatments. August 2014 was my last day of treatments! I am well and could not be any happier! A lot of people have been telling me that I am strong and blessed.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Just wanted to leave you with a little something that I tell myself sometimes, "Being diagnosed with cancer is rough,but you can not let it put you down. Stay strong, positive, live your life, and believe you are healed". I am a survivor and so are you!