I Am a Survivor
Posted on October 16, 2014 by Taylor Rhea
I am a survivor.
My name is Jean McCubbin and I have lived at Atria Elizabethtown for nine years. My husband and I moved here because of his declining health, and after his death seven years ago, I elected to remain.
Although my husband’s Alzheimer’s caused us to move here in August 2005, I was also recovering from a mastectomy performed in April of that year.
I had not had regular mammograms for several years. The last one was very painful, so I decided to just do self-exams of my breasts.
While examining my left breast, I felt a lump about the size of one small grape. I called my doctor and he sent me to Hardin Memorial Hospital immediately. The doctors performed a biopsy and the results came back positive for cancer.
My left breast was removed within just a few days.
Since I was already 80 years old at the time, I decided not to have any reconstructive surgery. I have been very fortunate that the cancer has not spread, and that I did not need radiation or chemotherapy.
To this day I still examine my breast regularly, but have not had any further trouble.
I am a nine-year breast cancer survivor.
My advice to women is to check their breasts weekly. We know our bodies best.
– Jean McCubbin, Atria Elizabethtown resident