Yoga instructor gives back after battle with cancer

Mary Papciak

Yoga instructor Mary Papciak gives back.

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM.

Mary Papciak recalls feeling the sharp pain in her breast right after the holidays in 2006.

She rubbed it to help the pain and felt a teenie tiny spot the size of a BB. Her gynecologist sent her for a mammogram and then a sonogram, and she was told not to worry, that it was nothing, and to come back in six months.

However, by February the tiny knot had grown to walnut size and Mary asked for a second opinion and a biopsy, which she had the first of March in 2006.

"It felt like an infected cyst that needed to be drained. It was painful and that's why I kept pushing," she said.

The phone call came on March 15, her husband's birthday, telling her that it was cancer and that she would need a mastectomy.

"I was devastated. Hearing that I had cancer didn't scare me as much as the trauma of having a mastectomy," she said.

The surgery to remove her right breast took place on April 3, 2006, a day Papciak says she will never forget.

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