Yvette Rincon - Diagnosed at 44

In August of 2017, I went to Albuquerque to celebrate my birthday. While getting ready for a night out, I felt a lump in one of my breasts, but I didn’t think much of it. A couple months later I felt it again. I was scared to get it checked because I didn’t want to find something (like cancer). But I had a good friend who reminded me that getting it checked quickly was the best option, especially if it was cancer.

I didn’t have a primary care physician, so my first step was to find one. I was able to get in with a Texas Tech Physician within minutes—he said he felt two lumps. So, I had a mammogram and then a biopsy, which confirmed I had breast cancer. I didn’t know what to do.

Thankfully, I had amazing nurses at the UMC Southwest Cancer Center! I call one in particular, Leslie, my angel. She made me not afraid—specifically of needles—when I was terrified. I’ve worked at UMC for 11 ½ years, and God knew the people I would need during this journey were here.

No one thinks about getting cancer and gaining something, but I do now. When I rang the bell, cancer center nurses and multiple pharmacy coworkers came in “Faith over Fear” shirts (the shirt I wore to every treatment), and they gave me a “Faith over Fear” journal filled with encouraging notes and letters. The UMC Southwest Cancer Center did more for me than medicine alone could!

My advice for current and future fighters: Sign up for clinical trials! The UMC Southwest Cancer Center participates in many clinical trials. Participating in one, as a patient, helps make cancer treatment better, more effective, and with fewer side effects for those who come after.

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