My name is Jacqueline Jenkins and I am a native of Bridgeport, Connecticut. I am the proud mother of one child and two grandchildren. I’ve worked for the Department of Social Services in New Haven for 18 years.
In January 2000, after completing my monthly breast exam, I thought I felt a lump. I had a scheduled mammogram for later that month so I waited until then to talk to the doctor about it because I never felt it again. The day after the mammogram was performed; my doctor called me and said for me to see a surgeon as soon as possible.
I set up an appointment and brought my x-rays. The lump was so close to my chest wall, that it could go undetected for a long time.
The results of the biopsy confirmed cancer and after much prayer and consideration, I decided to have a mastectomy. I then underwent six months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation treatments.
I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for blessing me with supportive family, great friends and a loving daughter.
My advice for other women would be for them to know they don’t have to take this journey alone. Be open, strong, and don’t panic because “this too shall pass.” Have faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and He will see you through. This was a hard journey, but now I can say, “I am a survivor”!