Get Up Swinging is my personal blog. I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer – specifically Stage 1, ER+, PR+, Her2-, BRCA-neg, 0/5 lymph nodes) – in September 2010 at the age of 30.
Get Up Swinging was born on September 25, 2010 on blogspot, and can be found here. Get Up Swinging 2.0 will be about advocacy, education and a call for research. Breast cancer is more than a pretty pink ribbon.
I underwent a lumpectomy, four and a half months of chemotherapy (Cytoxan and Abraxane) and then seven weeks of radiation. When my one-year checkup came back with new suspicious calcifications, after much discussion with my team of doctors, I opted to have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.
My mother, Patricia (who preferred to be called Pat), was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer when she was 35 years old. In April 1987, at the age of 40, Pat was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and subsequently died six months later. She left behind three children – me and my two brothers, ranging in age between 7 and 12 years old.
In October 2018, I underwent updated genetic testing, where I learned that I have Cowden’s Syndrome – a mutation of the PTEN gene. Two years later, my oncologist told me that my cancer has recurred to my sternum. I am now stage 4, and I am living with metastatic breast cancer for the remainder of my life.
I live with my two rescue pups – Boomer and Mal.
The views and opinions expressed on Get Up Swinging reflect the opinion of Lara Huffman alone and are not indicative of the opinions of her employer.