I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32 after my first mammogram. At the time I had a 4-year-old boy and our tries for another child had resulted in a miscarriage only a few months before. Over the last few years I’ve been through it all. Diet changes, surgery, chemotherapy, hospitalization, workouts through Livestrong, radiation, tamoxifen. My family and friends who have stood beside me through it all have been amazing. God’s given me everything I needed step for step. I joined the Cycling Sistas through the Y and met so many other strong ladies who have walked this road. This journey has shaped and changed me in so many ways. Through it all though, even through menopause during chemo, my desire for a second child has not faded. We’ve tried on and off for eight years. In January I tested positive for a gene mutation. In March we did a second mastectomy prophylactically. In May I traveled to New Orleans for a double reconstruction. A week after reconstructive surgery, while in the ER, we were surprised with the news that I’m pregnant. We’re looking forward to welcoming baby in January 2016.
Megan Osterlund, Boise