Nice to meet you, but sorry you’re here.

Just a 27-year-old girl slammed with the news she has breast cancer.

My name is Rebecca, and I run Candidly Cancer.

After finding a lump in my left breast in December 2020 and some pushing from my boyfriend and my mom, I scheduled myself for an appointment at my home clinic a few weeks later.

After a follow-up appointment in February and two ultrasounds, one mammogram, and one biopsy in early March, I was diagnosed with Stage 2B Invasive Ductal Carcinoma on March 11th, 2021.

I have no family history of breast cancer on either side of my family, and only one case of cancer at all – lung – in my elderly grandmother, so finding out I’ve been diagnosed with such an illness was beyond my own understanding.

I did genetic testing and it came back negative (good thing, it means that indeed there’s no familial/genetic tie to the cancer at all). But knowing that it isn’t genetic leaves me with more questions.

Why me? Why now? Why did I deserve this?

But I don’t deserve it, and neither do you. And there was nothing I could have done differently to prevent this from happening.

I don’t know why this happened, but I am extremely fortunate to have found it early (Stage 2 is still considered an early stage) and to begin undergoing treatment – which will take all of 2021 to complete and spill over into early 2022.

Outside of living with cancer, I’m a professional editor and writer for a software technology company in Chicago and a remote freelancer with a few tech SaaS businesses as well.

In my free time, I love going on hikes and listening to country music with my boyfriend, hanging out with my cat, watching 90 Day Fiance with my mom, shooting back tequila with my dad, and watching the Chicago Blackhawks.