By: Hannah Paczkowski
This summer, Sarah Frederick went in for a routine check up when her doctor recommended she do a mammogram. Sarah said she wasn't worried until she was called back in Sept. 19.
"My family doctor called me in to her office and that is when she told my husband and I that it was invasive ductal carcinoma," she said.
At 35-years-old, Sarah said she can't believe a surgeon will be removing all of her breast tissue this Monday.
"Oh my gosh, this just got really, real and that was really all I could think, I couldn't even contemplate the idea of having a bilateral mastectomy," she said.
Sarah is under the recommended age for women to have mammograms.
"I usually thought it affects people much older than me," she said.
Doctors say women 40 or older should have one every year or if they have a history of breast cancer in their family.
Sarah did not fit under either of these categories, but she still felt a lump in her breast, which happened to be a tumor.
"If a woman feels an abnormality in the breast that it needs to be checked out, it needs to be taken seriously. A woman shouldn't hear a comment, 'you're too young, you're too young to have breast cancer," Bryan Health Oncology clinical nurse Ruth Van Gerpen said.
Thankfully for Sarah, the disease was caught quickly.
Now, she's raising money for the fight against breast cancer. She's less than $300 away from her goal of $2,500.
"When it hits personal it builds an energy, it builds an anger, but a positive anger to beat this disease, to fight back and to get this so nobody has to hear those words 'You have cancer' ever again," Making Strides Against Breast Cancer coordinator Randall Jantzen said.
Words that have inspired Sarah's friends to donate to her cause.
"They're just trying to do whatever they could to show me their support and that just brought tears to my eyes," she said.
To donate to Sarah's cause, or to get involved in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, go to http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?team_id=1464747&pg=team&fr_id=55858&fl=en_US&et=335gG5ZEvYVx25IkVyrx2g&s_tafId=1365121 or http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY13PL?pg=entry&fr_id=55858
The Walk is Sunday Oct. 27 at Holmes Lake Park at 1 p.m.