I’m Jessica, and I’m a young breast cancer survivor who has become the first patient to create an app that shows users how to do self breast exams, monitor their changes and set monthly reminders. AMA!
I’m a 3-year cancer survivor who became a passionate advocate after a practitioner dismissed a malignant lump in my breast during a clinical exam in 2018.
But thankfully I had learned how to do a self breast exam after having a benign tumor removed during my freshman year in college, and self breast exams were a routine that I maintained throughout adulthood.
So, two weeks after my clinical appointment in 2018, I was doing a self exam in the shower when I found a lump, the same lump the practitioner failed to tell her about and documented as “normal.”
I was later diagnosed with Stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma. I underwent 16 rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, 24 rounds of radiation, a hysterectomy and a 2-phase, 12-hour flap reconstruction.
I started Feel For Your Life as a social media outreach project to encourage women to be their best breast health advocates, and about two months ago, I became the first breast cancer survivor to create an app that provides resources for doing self breast exams and getting screened, allows you to track and monitor their changes, and lets users set reminders for doing self exams. The Feel For Your Life App is available in the App Store and Google Play Store.
You can also learn more here: http://www.feelforyourlife.com/app
(I make no money from the app, and I don’t run ads.)
I’ve been at home recovering from what is (hopefully) my last surgery related to breast cancer, so AMA!
(Admins, I submitted proof privately a couple of weeks ago and was approved.)