My name is Leticia Subil.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2017. I really wasn’t going to have a mammogram done that year because, well, just because. If it wasn’t for my daughter Stefani, another year would have gone by and my story would have been very different …she saved my life.
I went for a routine 3D mammogram on August 29th. Little did I know that the cancer would be discovered this day. Two weeks later, I received a letter from the diagnostic center asking me to come back and repeat the mammogram and ultrasound because they had some doubts about the exams.
On the morning of September 18th, I called my gynecologist and he had me come into the office. I brought the letter from the diagnostic center with me, and it’s a good thing I did – his mail was delayed so he hadn’t received any notice. He called the Diagnostic Center and had them see me that same day. I knew in my heart this was not good. For the first time in my life, I thought I was going to die.
My gut told me that his urgency to have this done was not a good sign. I was trying to hold back the tears and trying to figure out how I was going to tell my family what was going on and prepare them for what might be coming. That was the hardest thing I had to do. Telling them was so incredibly difficult, I couldn’t find the words.
On September 21stI was scheduled for a biopsy, and on September 28th, 2017, I was given the news that I had 3 cancer tumors on my right breast. It was the darkest day of my life! All I could think about was having to break the news to my family that our worst fears were true. What words I could say to lessen their pain? I was fearful, but more so for them. They were my biggest support!
My surgery was scheduled for October 18th. I wasn’t going to let this get the best of me. I’m a tough cookie!
To make a long story short, the doctors actually found a total of 4 cancer tumors as they performed the surgery. They were all removed successfully, and being that they were all a Stage 1, I didn’t have to have chemotherapy or radiation. Even though I will have to take medication for the next 10 years, I was blessed to have the best-case scenario. It’s a far cry from what could have happened if the cancer was at another stage, if I would have waited longer to get checked.
Out of the darkness, I found hope to help me heal and help heal others. I establish Pink Needle Tattoos, offering Areola Tattoos for Breast Cancer Survivors. I am the only cancer survivor offering this and I am doing this free of charge.
Profession: Executive Assistant, Tattoo Artist
Type of Breast Cancer: Stage 1
Year of Diagnosis: 2017
Relationship to Komen: New Volunteer