My name is Taryn Currie. I was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer on the 25th May 2022 at the age of 30. As suggested by my oncologist, I went for a genetic test via Invitae to see if I carried one of the BRCA genes. My test results came back positive for the BRCA2 gene.
I am currently undergoing chemotherapy:
* 4 Doxorubicin and cyclophamide (AC)
* 12 Paclitaxel (Taxol)
* 3 cycles of Zoladex (an implant to medically put my body in menopause)
In 2023 I am planning on having a double mastectomy with reconstruction to help reduce my chances of a reoccurring cancer.
It all started one night when I noticed a small lump in the side of my breast. Then I remembered that my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 3 years ago so I decided it was best to contact my doctor asap. Who then sent me through all the right channels to get my diagnosis (ultrasound of the breast, biopsy of the lump and then surgery to remove the lump and lymph nodes).
My family, friends, colleagues and most importantly, my husband, have been an amazing support system for me, without them I don't know how I would be getting through all of this. Seeing what my mom went through with her chemotherapy gave me strength to start my chemo journey, I know if she was still with us today she would be proud of me.
It may be daunting and scary after a diagnosis, but trying to enjoy life, specially the small things, will really help you to get through treatment and the whole experience.
Celebrate all the milestones with your loved ones and make each day count.