My name is Elda Jones, I am an 11-year breast cancer survivor.
In the spring of 2002 at my annual medical check-up which consisted of a mammogram, it was determined I needed further diagnostic investigation in my right breast. My choices were a surgical biopsy or a needle biopsy. I opted for the needle biopsy, the results were Ductal Carcinoma in-situ 5mm.
The doctors gave me information and I contacted the American Cancer Society (1-800-ACS-2345). At the time I was working full time, widowed, and my children were grown and lived out of the area.
My options were 1) Lumpectomy with six weeks of daily radiation and possibly chemo to follow, 2) Total mastectomy eliminating the need of radiation.
The company I worked for would allow six weeks maximum; therefore I opted for the double mastectomy and reconstruction all in one surgery.
I was able to return to work half-days after four weeks, then back full time in six weeks.
I continue with my annual mammograms. Early detection was the key for me. I am now retired and a volunteer for the Nodaway County Crusade Against Cancer.