I never expected that I would be the hero of my own story. Feb. 16th will be 9 years ago that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. A couple weeks earlier I was lying in bed, resting, and had this compelling thought, specifically the words, “check yourself.” I somehow equated that to mean give myself a breast exam. Without guidance, I haphazardly administered my first ever self-conducted breast exam. It wasn’t long before I felt a muscly tissue deep down alongside the right side of my right breast. I scheduled an appointment with my OBGYN a couple weeks later. On Feb. 16th, I got a phone call from her while at work. She asked if I was sitting down. I left work that day and did not return. Twenty-two days later I had my first chemo. Had I not listened & trusted myself, I would not have become my hero.