Moria Leonhardt

Moria Leonhardt

I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer on August 21, 2012. I found a lump in my breast and after a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy, was told there were actually two tumors and 1 positive node in my armpit. I first completed sixteen (16) rounds, then underwent surgery. My surgery consisted of bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction, nodes removal and ovaries removed. I had all this done due to being BRCA positive and my mother having passed away from ovarian cancer two years ago. I underwent a second surgery due to an infection and now am doing radiation. It will be up to a year before reconstruction of my breasts can be done. Of course, there are the obvious physical hardships going through cancer treatment, but for me the toughest struggle was how unregulated my emotions were. Not only did I have to give up control of my own life, now I had to let others help with my children. I am incredibly happy and fortunate to be “treated”. I had a complete pathological response to treatment! I will always live in fear of recurrence, but every day I thank God to be alive. My faith is stronger than ever before, my love for my children and every supportive husband saved me. The list of people who held my hand through cancer is endless and now I celebrate a new beginning with them!