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Tour de Pink West Coast WEST COAST RIDE
 
October 25-27, 2019
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Welcome to Amy johansson's Page

Amy Johansson 

I was diagnosed in January 2017 at age 29 with ER+/PR+/HER2+, Stage I breast cancer. I felt a lump in my right breast and made an appointment to get it checked out. I convinced myself it was probably nothing but that I should have it checked out anyways. My doctor scheduled an ultrasound which led to a biopsy and breast cancer diagnosis. I was in a complete state of shock and thinking that the results of the biopsy must be wrong.

Before I received my diagnosis, the possibility of breast cancer at age 29 did not even cross my mind. I had no idea that young women can and do get breast cancer. I knew nothing about cancer treatment except for what I had seen in the movies, which was usually not good. Fortunately, the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) was one of the first organizations that I found and reached out to for support and resources. I used their Newly Diagnosed Navigator to get a handle on my diagnosis and I found peer support in the Face 2 Face network and Facebook group. I have met so many wonderful and inspiring women through this group that are out advocating for young women with breast cancer.

In the days and months that followed I was faced with some of the toughest decisions of my life. After initial consultations and second opinions I decided to go ahead with a treatment plan that included a lumpectomy, 12 weeks of Taxol chemotherapy, radiation, and 12 months of Herceptin. I chose to be very private throughout my treatment so that I could use all my energy to get through it.

Life is never the same following a cancer diagnosis. It turns your life upside down and you are pushed to your limits. However, as time goes on you find a new sense of normalcy and feel more like yourself. It makes you appreciate the time you have and to take advantage of every day. It has inspired me to seek new experiences and try new things like a 200 mile bike across California to raise awareness about the Young Survival Coalition ;)


As I train for this amazing ride I plan to update this page frequently along with my social media accounts so that all of my supporters can see my progress.

Thank you in advance for your support. I truly appreciate your generosity.

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