In June of 2011, 2 months after her 40th birthday, Jennifer was diagnosed with Stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma in her left breast. She was shocked – she didn’t have a family history, she was too young, too healthy, she didn’t smoke, she had a baby . . . none of the known risk factors. She was still breastfeeding her son at the time – he was only 10 months old – when she found her lump and thought that surely it was just a side effect of nursing. She was so wrong, but so lucky that it was found when it was. Jennifer had a 4.5 cm lump removed in July of 2011, had 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 7 weeks of radiation. With her current medication, she is cancer free and intends to stay that way. Jennifer believes she could not have made it through treatment without the support of her husband, who is AMAZING, her sister, mom, mother-in-law, family and friends who took such good care of her and prayed so hard for her recovery.
Jennifer’s son is the inspiration for her piece. He was only 10 months old when she was diagnosed, and he, along with her husband and family, is her reason for fighting so hard to live. He is the center of her world and Jennifer truly believes he is a gift from God that gave her the strength to fight cancer. And her boy loves cars!