Breast cancer awareness, one woman's reality

Barbara Rowan
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 02:56 PM.

When Barbara Rowan felt a lump in her left breast in October 2011, she thought nothing of it because she remembered a cyst being removed from her mother's breast when Rowan was a child. Her mother's cyst was not a big deal, and Rowan felt sure hers would not be either.

Located more on her chest than in her breast, it was a good-sized decent knot, though.

The Seagrove Beach resident scheduled a mammogram and as she drove to the hospital, she called her best friend and chatted on the way. Rowan reassured her friend that she felt sure it was a cyst just like her mother had.

Following the mammogram, the radiologist wanted to take it farther by having a sonogram done.

Rowan still thought nothing of it. She remembers sitting on the table swinging her legs and thinking about other things when the technician walked back in and asked if she had experienced any kind of blunt force to her chest. When Rowan said "No," she was told there was a 100-percent chance it was cancer.

"I was in shock," she said.

She remembers calling her friend on the drive home and telling her the news, but the hardest part was telling her daughter. She remembers her saying, "We will get through this."

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