Susan Hoffer

My personal journey with breast cancer started in November of 2007. At my annual appointment, my doctor noticed I neglected to have my 2006 mammogram. The truth was…I hadn’t scheduled a mammogram for six years! Life was busy, I was young, having babies, nursing babies and taking care of the family! The yearly mammogram seemed to always fall to the bottom of the list. Encouraged by my physician, my 2007 mammogram was scheduled. The mammogram identified some “suspicious” areas. Over the next several weeks, biopsies confirmed what the mammogram had revealed. I had stage one breast cancer on the left and stage zero on the right. Stage zero means the cells were changing, but not yet cancer. After consultations and discussions, I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy on February 27th. After healing, I started the process of reconstruction.

The name of my bra is “Pearls of Wisdom.” I was journaling online throughout my treatment, and friends would continually send me verses of scripture. One of them just was really a tagline, if you will, for me through the whole experience. I would think of that verse when I got really down, so I put the verse on the bra with pearls all over – pearls of wisdom.

Joshua 1:9 ”I am strong and of good courage just as You commanded me to be. I am not afraid or dismayed, for You, Lord, are with me wherever I go.”

Everybody’s journey is their own, but there are people out there that are just waiting to make a difference for you, to support you, to encourage you, to cry with you, to laugh with you.