“Heeding my own advice has not been easy,” says oncology nurse Michelle Brosious of Bloomsburg. She’s trying to remember what she tells patients when they are going through cancer treatment. The 38-year-old mother of 4 was diagnosed with breast cancer in May. “I felt a lump two years ago and got it checked — had a mammogram and ultrasound, which showed dense breast tissue.” In the spring, Michelle noticed changes in the lump, including itching and burning. “Something just didn’t feel right in that area,” she said.
After a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy confirmed breast cancer, Michelle decided to have a double mastectomy. “Dr. [Rosemary] Leeming is the epitome of compassion, a wonderful surgeon,” said Michelle. While she’s unsure where her treatment is leading her, Michelle firmly believes that her faith and friendships will see her through. “I’m trusting God’s plan and staying focused on living one day at a time.” The biggest lesson Michelle says she’s learned during this journey is: “Be proactive. That’s the one thing I want to pass along. You never think it’s going to happen to you, but you know your body best. If something feels off, it doesn’t hurt to get it checked out.”