FACING STAGE IV BREAST CANCER AT 32:
Six months after Carmen Hou gave birth to her healthy baby girl, Evelyn, in January 2016, she noticed two tiny lumps on her left breast. She and her husband thought they were related to breastfeeding at first. After an ultrasound revealed nothing out of the ordinary, it wasn’t until the following winter that Carmen experienced tiny shocks in her chest and upon returning to the doctors, tests confirmed her worst fears: she had breast cancer.
The words ‘I don’t have good news, we found something, it’s cancer, I’m sorry there just isn’t anything else that looks like that’
There was a point in my treatment where I was told I would not survive, there was nothing anyone could do and that I would die.
My Symptoms were so "common" and often go overlooked. I know firsthand how easy it can be to catch the disease late.
Despite the terrifying journey that can come with battling a disease, I make a point to remind herself of just how lucky I am.
As a mother of two, a wife, and a busy householder - getting a cancer diagnosis in her thirties was far from what I was expecting.
I never take a single moment for granted and I hope my story stands as a pillar of strength and inspiration for all who are walking a similar path.
My journey with cancer has been far from an easy one, but my willingness to show up in positivity and light has made all the difference.