My name is Jacqueline Cain and I am a truly living ‘My 2nd Act”. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on my 48th Birthday after working hard for 10 months to get diagnosed. I had very “Dense” breast tissue, therefore, making it harder to get diagnosed.
I had my annual Mammogram in September 2012, where I was given an “all is well”. In October 2012, I noticed a lump in my left breast. I called the Mammogram Center and was given the run around; therefore, I went to 2 different doctors and two hospitals before I could get a true diagnosis. There were a total of 3 cancers in my left breast and was just told the month prior that all was clear.
Because my cancer was found early and stage 1, I decided to have a Double Mastectomy on March 2013 and just finished up Reconstruction on June 2014. Which has been an amazing experience, because of my wonderful medical team and me keeping a positive mindset.
This journey with Breast Cancer was only the beginning of my hard walk in life for 2012 and 2013. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on January 17th and rushed my 23-year-old daughter to the hospital on January 30th. I was told on that day that she was dying from Renal Failure and Pneumonia. This was a triple blow to my health, family and faith.
I spent 21 days in Hospice watching my baby slip away slowly. In the meanwhile, I had to cancel my surgery that was already scheduled for February 26. I buried my 23 year old daughter 10 days before having both breast removed from Cancer. I promised my daughter on her deathbed that Mommy would learn to live and enjoy this life that God has given me as a second chance.
Because I was aggressive about getting the right help from my medical team at Northside Hospital for diagnoses/surgery and Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), for my “ amazing after surgery – Cancer Treatment care”. I am able to travel the world and enjoy my family. I am so grateful to God for sending the right help my way and giving me a “ 2nd ACT”.
I tell this story in order to inspire other women to following your heart, if you think something is wrong, don’t stop pushing until you get comfort in your heart. This is especially important for women with “Dense” breast.
I am now more focused on living instead of worrying about tomorrow or other issues that may never come. Life is a true gift and it is so precious. I have 3 daughters ages, 30, 12 and 10 years old and a wonderful husband to live life for and I refuse to give up.
I am now making it my Life’s mission to tell other women that it is so important to listen to your body and never, ever give up. I wrote a book about “How To Trust God, When Everything Goes Wrong”, in order to share my story and say…nothing is too hard for God and we were built to bounce back if we don’t loose the faith.
I am now living life in true color instead of living in black and white. The world is mine to conquer and I am doing just that….CANCER FREE.