Four years later, during a mammogram when she was 39, cancer turned up in the chest wall of her left breast.
Dr. Brackett says it’s not unusual for a woman to have cancer emerge in both breasts because they’re symmetrical parts of the same body.
Turner says she wasn’t as upset the second time around.
“It was like, ‘OK, here I go again,” she says. “What you did the first time now you do the second time.’”
Dr. Brackett said he could remove the cancer without removing the whole breast, but Turner decided to undergo a second mastectomy for peace of mind.
She battled herself to embrace this altered part of her body, eventually posting her scars on Facebook to raise awareness.
“Nobody likes to feel rejected, but I did during that time…” she wrote in the post. “I’m not the Yuki I was 7 years ago or even 10 years ago. It may sound crazy but I thank God for my breast cancer because I would never have the faith and strength I have now if I didn’t have to face this journey…”
The post was her way of letting people know she’s comfortable with herself and her scar, she says.
“I have no problem looking at myself after the second time around,” she says. “My scar does not make me who I am. Scars tell my story and my scars tell my journey.”
The end of that journey brought healing in the form of four words: “You’re in total remission.”