Kim Utech

Kim Utech

In February 2010, I found a small lump in my left breast during my monthly self exam. I had a history of fibrocystic breast disease and this was not the first lump I’d found, so I wasn’t too concerned when I saw my OB-GYN a couple days later. She also thought it was most likely a cyst so we took a “wait and see” approach. When I went in for my annual mammogram in December, it came back normal but the lump was obviously still there. My OB-GYN ordered an ultrasound, which revealed a large 8cm tumor. The next day I had a biopsy that confirmed cancer and two days later (December 23) I had surgery to have a port put in. Since my cancer was so advanced (Stage 3C), in the lymph nodes and large, the oncology team decided to do chemo first, then a double mastectomy, then radiation. SO . . . 16 chemos, 3 surgeries and 31 radiation therapies later I am overjoyed to tell the world I AM IN REMISSION!