In case some of you don’t know Amy Ruggeberg, she is a mother of two children, Alex and Maddy, and is an avid CrossFitter. Over the years she has competed at the 2012 Crossfit Games in the Masters Division and is now a Coach at Quad City CrossFit. Among all of Amy’s accomplishments in life she can now say she is a breast cancer survivor too. Here is Amy’s story from the past year how she detected her breast cancer and defeated it.
Hi there, my name is Amy Ruggeberg. In August of 2014 while doing a self breast exam I found a very small lump in my left breast about the size of a pea. It was one of the scariest times of my life, because I wasn’t for sure exactly what it was and knew that there was a chance that it could be breast cancer. That day I made an appointment with my doctor to have it examined and he sent me to the women’s clinic at Trinity. At the women’s clinic the doctors and nurses did a mammogram and an ultrasound to see what was going on. That same day they also did a biopsy of the lump and weren’t happy with the results so they removed the lump and found that I had Stage One Ductal Carcinoma. I was a very lucky lady that I had found it so early!
After testing my lymph nodes they found my cancer hadn’t moved to anywhere else so I had to do six weeks of radiation to make sure it was all gone. After the six weeks of radiation I am now cancer free! I have been getting mammograms for the last ten years because of my family history. I just had one in January of 2014 and seven months later I had discovered the cancer in August. It is so important to not only get screening done but also do self breast exams regularly. Remember that cancer can be as little as the size of a pea to detect it! Today, I am so thankful for my health and for everyday I wake up!