Just months after Jade Devis learned that she was pregnant with her first child in 2018, this mommy-to-be was faced with an unimaginable decision.
The 36-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga, California said she had experienced intense pain in her breasts since she first discovered she was pregnant last December.
Doctors and family members assured her that the pain was normal, and just part of pregnancy.
But in February, Devis discovered a quarter-size bump in the upper part of her left breast. It was most noticeable when she was lying down, and the oval-shaped lump was hard as a rock and painful when she pressed on it.
Despite her concerns, doctors said it was most likely a clogged milk duct, and recommended a six-month follow-up. But Devis insisted on a biopsy.
What they found was in fact, Devis’ worst nightmare. At just three months pregnant, she was diagnosed with stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer, a rare and aggressive form of the disease.
“I wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t ask for that biopsy,” she said. “Had I followed the doctor’s recommendations, I would be dead. It was such an aggressive tumor.”