By Correne Martin
Vicki Taylor wakes up every day and finds something positive on which to focus her thoughts and her energy. She has always taken good care of her health and been an upbeat person. So when Vicki heard her doctor say a mammogram detected a small mass in her left breast, she wasn’t too concerned. But a needle biopsy later found the lump to be cancerous. A trace of the disease was also discovered in her lymph nodes, which meant, at the age of 61, Vicki had breast cancer. The diagnosis, HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer, came in March of 2013.
“Initially I thought, ‘I’m 61 and I’ve lived a good life. I’m just going to continue on and not do anything.’ But my kids had a different idea for me,” said Vicki, who lives in Prairie du Chien with her adult daughter. Her two sons live in Oregon (Wis.).
A mastectomy was Vicki’s initial decision. Yet, thanks to an eye-opening comment from her doctor, that determination changed.