Jan Vander Heyden


My Story:

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38. I had a modified radical mastectomy on the left side. Then 3 months later because of my previous cancer and a strong family history of breast cancer, I had a mastectomy on the right side as a preventative measure. I have been fortunate not to have a recurrence of cancer in the 28 years since. Because of my family history of breast cancer starting with my paternal and maternal grandmothers, my mother and my older sister, I was very aware of the importance of self examination and annual mammograms. My cancer was found in the early stages and therefore, I am here today to tell my story.