Merry Thiele

My Story:

I found the lump by accident, if there is such a thing. On November 7, 2002, I was in the shower shaving under my right arm when my left thumb felt something weird. Had I really felt something? It’s probably nothing. But I found myself feeling the “small round pea” several more times just to make sure. Should I wait to see if it goes away or call the doctor? I didn’t want to embarrass myself by making a big deal out of the weird thing I felt. I called my doctor and after several tests it was confirmed that I had breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy, followed by chemo and radiation treatments. My faith, family and friends gave me the support I needed to enable me to share my survivor story with you today.