When Marcia Luck thinks about her breast cancer journey, she goes back to the beginning and remembers the emotions she went through at that time.
“The first emotion I think for most anyone who hears those words – ‘breast cancer’ – is fear,” says Marcia. “Your mind is going wild and trying to think, ‘What am I going to do? What’s next?’ First is fear.”
Once Marcia was able to come to terms with her emotions, she sought her doctor’s care to determine what steps needed to be taken. However, as she explains, things began to progress rather quickly soon after she was diagnosed.
“It was like a whirlwind. First I had the mammogram done, and then a second mammogram to confirm that there was something there, and they wanted to do the biopsy. It was Labor Day weekend coming up and I had to wait until the following Tuesday to get my results, which seemed like an eternity,” she says. “Once Tuesday morning came, I thought, ‘They’ll call me first thing in the morning,’ but I didn’t hear anything.”
Marcia naturally began to worry when she did not receive the results of her biopsy. Her husband suggested that she call the doctor to find out for herself.
“I didn’t want to,” she recalls. “I wanted them to just call me and tell me everything was OK. As soon as the nurse said, ‘Yes, it is malignant,’ my mind just kind of went blank and I handed my husband the phone.”
Having the support of her husband helped Marcia get through the appointments and procedures needed to treat the cancer. She also had the support of her daughter, Stacy, during this difficult time. Marcia explained how hard it was to wait until the right time to tell Stacy about her diagnosis.
“We’re very close. That was the worst part, not being able to share it with her. But she was three-and-a-half hours away at college and I didn’t want her to worry,” says Marcia. “I didn’t want her to find out from someone else, but I didn’t want to tell her over the phone.”
After sharing the news with Stacy, Marcia felt a sense of relief. She was able to share her journey, the good and the bad, with someone who is a major part of her life. Her gratitude extends to Komen St. Louis for the support as well for the progress being made to find the cures for breast cancer.
“Komen has been great to do what they do to raise the money,” says Marcia. “They help to make breast cancer not the death sentence that it used to be with all the research that’s being done now, and there is so much out there.”
Many breast cancer patients are now in the same position that Marcia was in when she was first diagnosed. As a 16-year breast cancer survivor, she shared these words for those who may not know what to think after receiving their diagnosis:
“I’ve heard of people who feel something but they don’t want to tell anybody, they just want to ignore it. You can’t ignore it because it’s not going to go away. The most helpful thing for me was just to share it with people because the more that you share with others, you have their support, their prayers, and you’re not feeling like you’re alone. It is a scary journey to go on, but if you have the support of family and friends you’re not alone and you feel like you’re not doing it all by yourself.”