Jessica’s Journal

Jessica Main, Blessed Bag President

Thank you so much for visiting our little charity site!  I am thrilled to be leading such a great cause close to my heart.  After much thought, I decided to add a blog page to our website with the hope that my experience with the cancer journey can help others.  I’m going to begin at my journey and work my way through until the present.  Hold on tight, I’m new to the blogging world!

There is nothing worse than hearing the words, “you have cancer”.  I would’ve never in a million years thought I would face a cancer diagnosis at 39 years young.  I was always in excellent health – an avid fitness fanatic, yearly physicals, and a somewhat healthy eater.  That all changed back in the Fall of 2010 when I had my yearly gynecologist checkup.  The year before I had a stellar executive physical, so much so, that the doctor told me that I will be healthy well into my 90’s!  Yeah right, sometimes even a doctor can’t predict the future.

I started to have intermittent pain in my right breast beginning in the winter of 2010 and I chalked up to typical woman issues.  It started to get progressively worse by the time I had my gyno checkup.  When I told my doctor about the pain, she immediately said “cancer doesn’t cause pain”.  I wasn’t even thinking the pain could be related to cancer, what is she talking about???  As she did her exam, she felt a lump and said “we will need to get you scheduled for an ultrasound and mammogram but I’m thinking it’s just muscle build up”.  I walked out of her office dumbfounded, a lump? What does that mean?  This can’t happen to me, I have no family history of breast cancer and I am very happy at this point in my life!  Cancer can’t be in my body, it’s just not possible, but it was…..