The lump first surfaced in my breast in 1989, when I was 36 years old.
To many young women, a small lump like that wouldn't be cause for alarm because most breast lumps are benign. But there's a long history of breast cancer in my family, so I immediately consulted a renowned breast surgeon. "It's nothing to worry about," she said. My mammogram was completely normal. She thought the lump was merely normal breast tissue.
But four years later I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.