“I was all for it,” Evans said. “I didn’t want to mess with having to worry about it coming back.”
A year later, Evans hasn’t had any issues related to her breasts.
“It’s really been smooth sailing,” she said. “I healed nicely, and evidently I have a beautiful scar.”
She’s embraced life after the mastectomy, opting to be fitted for a prosthetic that is weighted appropriately.
“I feel like I have both my breasts,” Evans said.
In addition to having a positive outlook, Evans encourages others facing a breast cancer diagnosis to find a doctor who they trust to guide their treatment.
“Find a doc that you have confidence in that you like,” Evans said. “You don’t have to second guess them. You can feel confident in their advice.”
Evans said she trusted her care with Dr. Mislowsky, who continues to see patients at least every year after their successful treatment. It’s rare that the cancer returns in the same person.
“It’s unfortunate that some people have to go through this twice,” Dr. Mislowsky said. “It’s not very common. We don’t see it a lot.”
Not many women like Evans who have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice would consider themselves lucky. But Evans – the eternal optimist – does. After her breast was removed, more lumps were evident, which may or may not have led to more problems if she had opted for treatments instead of the mastectomy. She sees that as a sign that she did the right thing.
“Really, I consider myself lucky,” Evans said.