Meet Jess Johnson
My name is Jess Johnson. I am a mother of 3 wonderful children Jordan, Cooper, Azalya and have 2 beautiful granddaughters. In January I went in for my fist mammogram. Going into this appointment I had not a worry in the world. I do not have a history of breast cancer on my mom’s side and knew little about my fathers side at the time. Within a few days I received a call; I needed to come back in. I was told not to worry with it being my first mammogram they had nothing to compare it to; that it was common for them to have women come back in. I went back in the following week for another mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy. Within a few weeks of that first mammogram the call came in informing me that I had invasive ductal carcinoma stage 1. I was completely shocked. So many emotions followed. Sitting my children down and giving them the news was something I never imagined having to do. At the time I didn’t have much information and didn’t know what my treatment options would be.
My mastectomy was a success, they found a total of 9 tumors, and it wasn’t long after I was told I was cancer free. Our journey is not yet over, as cancer seems to be a gift that keeps on giving, sadly. I will have surgery again on September 7th to complete the reconstruction. I am currently on hormone therapy for the next 5 years. I will also undergo a hysterectomy hopefully before the end of the year. Jordan has completed 12 rounds of Taxol and 2 rounds of the Red Devil with 2 more to go. She’s looking forward to ringing the bell in August and is scheduled on September 11th for a double mastectomy. It’s been a roller coaster of a year for the two of us, but I’ve never been so thankful for our family, friends, and the support we both have received.